The Nevada Police is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Program on September 29th at the Nevada Police Department 120 South Ash, Nevada Missouri.
On September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Nevada Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Nevada Police Department at 120 S. Ash in Nevada. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at 5,659 collection sites operated by the DEA, state and local law enforcement partners, including the Nevada Police Department.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly 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. 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.
For more information on this program visit www.dea.gov and click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon or Contact Officer John Foster at 417-448-5100