Got old, unused drugs? Then the Tamaqua Police Department is your place to be this Saturday as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative.
The initiative was first held on Sept. 25, 2010, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent medication abuse and rid homes of unwanted and unnecessary prescription drugs. With collections taking place twice a year, more than 2 million pounds of prescription medication have been removed from circulation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that enough pharmaceuticals are prescribed to medicate every American adult, around the clock, for one month. The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain those drugs from family members or friends, including stealing them from the home medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient method of disposal of old, unused drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for drug abuse and the hazards associated with improper disposal of drugs. This includes dangers to the environment when drugs are flushed down the toilet or thrown in landfills.
Tamaqua Police will be collecting old, unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday, April 27. The location site is at the rear of 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.