Drop off unwanted prescriptions Saturday!

Have unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs? Agent Jason Capstraw from the Drug Enforcement Administration tells Cherish Lombard DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 26th  from 10:00am-2:00pm! Over the past three-and-a-half years, the DEA and law enforcement partners have collected more than 1,700 tons of expired, unwanted prescription medications. You can help them with their efforts to get drugs off our streets by taking your unwanted prescriptions to local collection sites Saturday and safely disposing of them.

This is your opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse and abuse. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost twice as many Americans, 6.8 million, abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans died in 2010 from overdoses of prescription medications than from motor vehicle accidents. Surveys of users have found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

You can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database where you’ll enter your zip code, or you can call 800-882-9539. Mobile and Baldwin County drop-off locations are listed below. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites–liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications (that is, a patient or pet owner or the patient’s caregiver) to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. If you would like more information, please visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

Mobile locations:
Mobile Police Department – 2460 Government St.
Walgreens – 5705 Cottage Hill Rd.
Walgreens – 6396 Airport Blvd.
Walgreens – 3948 Airport Blvd.
CVS – 2550 Dauphin St.
CVS – 4563 Old Shell Rd.
CVS – 7101 Cottage Hill Rd.

Baldwin County locations:
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Lillian Deputies Office in upper part of The United Bank Building – 34354 U.S. Hwy 98
Winn Dixie – 710 McMeans Avenue, Bay Minette
Walmart – 701 McMeans Avenue, Bay Minette
Daphne Police Department – 1502 Highway 98, Daphne
Elberta police Department – 13062 Main Street, Elberta
Fairhope Police Department – 107 North Section Street, Fairhope
Walmart – 2200 South McKenzie St., Foley
Walgreens – 1421 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
Orange Beach PD Justice Center – 4480 Orange Beach Blvd
Silverhill Police Department – 15964 Silverhill Rd.
Medicap Pharmacy – 6941 Spanish Fort Blvd.
Summerdale Police Department – 502 West Lee Ave.

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