On Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Chesterfield Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Chesterfield Police Headquarters at 46525 Continental Dr. We cannot accept liquids, needles, sharps or illicit drugs – only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 441 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,200 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,900 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.