PIQUA — Got unused drugs? Here’s what residents can do with them.
Residents will have the opportunity to take part in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day happening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Piqua Police Department will be a site for this drug drop-off event where anybody can stop by and give up their unused pills and patches, no questions asked.
The Piqua Police Department is encouraging the public to protect both kids and the city’s water supply by taking part in this event.
“We know there are a lot of pharmaceuticals that get diverted into the illegal or abused uses,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said. Jamison explained that can happen when people are not paying close attention to them.
“The longer they sit unprotected or ignored … the greater the likelihood something bad will happen,” Jamison said.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Dropping off unused prescription drugs with the Piqua Police Department is also the responsible thing to do as a resident of Piqua. Simply flushing pills down the toilet is not good enough, as it contaminates and harms the city’s water supply.
Jamison explained that the more drugs people are able to keep out of Piqua’s sanitary sewer system, “the better we are off as a community.”
The Piqua Police Department will be accepting only pills and patches during this drug take-back event. They will not take any liquids or sharps.
Last year, Americans who took part in the DEA’s drug take-back day turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.
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