Rep. Short: Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday

Delaware will observe National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at collection sites located throughout the state.

Click here for more information and to find a location near you.

This event gives the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications. Please let your family and friends know about this important free event.

Anyone can bring medications for disposal to any of the collection sites. Prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids and cream medications will all be accepted—even pet medication. The service is free and anonymous—no questions asked. All efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present.

This Drug Take Back Day event addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Americans are now advised that their past methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential health and safety hazards. Though not at dangerous levels yet, traces of several drugs have been found in private and public water systems throughout Delaware.

In addition, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to 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—and that includes the home medicine cabinet.

Please join me and participate in National Drug Take Back Day. 

 

Sincerely,

Rep. Bryon Short, 7th District