Benicians who want to get rid of expired, unused prescription drugs can drop them off at the Benicia Police Department, this Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The prescription drug take back day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Solano county Department of Resource Management, North Bay Health Care and the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District.
The event offers citizens an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. It is also an environmentally sensitive way to dispose of the drugs which are starting to show up in some drinking water supplies.
According to Earl Miller, founder of the drug and alcohol treatment group Reach Out Benicia, most of the kids who came to his program started their drug abuse by stealing pills from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. by young people are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
“This is yet another service the Police Department provides to this community”, Benicia Police Lieutenant Frank Hartig said. “As studies have shown, family, and friends unknowingly provide prescription medications to minors who steal them to either use or sell. The Benicia Police Department has seen this happen in our community. This proactive program provides those with unused prescription medications a safe and legal way to dispose of them. We want as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.”
The partnership between the Police Department’s Youth Action Coalition and the Solano County Board of Supervisors Reducing Rates-Drug Free Communities grant funding has made it possible to advertise this important program. “We want to make sure the community is aware of this service and encourage them to take advantage of this pro-active opportunity.” states Benicia Police Department Community Service Officer and Youth Action Coalition Coordinator, Patti Baron.
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