FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – September 15, 2010 )
DEA Launches National Take-Back Day for Prescription Drugs
The Talbot County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council announced at their meeting on September 14, 2010 that the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with local law enforcement, will hold a prescription drug Take-Back Day on September 25. The initiative will help law enforcement agencies collect unused and unneeded prescription drugs. The collection site is sponsored by the Easton Police Department with the assistance of the DEA and will be held at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department at 315 Aurora Park Drive Easton, MD 21601 during the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Sgt. Aaron C Michael of the Maryland State Police advised the group that prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing public health problem. Abuse of prescription as well as over-the-counter drugs has become increasingly prevalent among teens and adults, including the elderly. Past year abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second—only behind marijuana—as the Nation's most prevalent illegal drug problem. Prescription drug abuse involves the use of a medication, usually by self-administration, in a manner that deviates from medical, legal and social standards.
Prescriptions for opioid medications in particular, have increased annually since 1990, at least in part because of evolving attitudes toward the use of opioids to treat chronic pain, and the increasing prevalence of chronic pain with the aging of the population. The prevalence of prescription drug abuse is increasing at a pace even faster than the increase in medical use of prescription drugs.
Although trends in the United States show a decline in the use of some illicit drugs, the abuse of prescription drugs is increasing, both in the US and worldwide. Many factors contribute to this rise, including the misperception of pharmaceutical drugs as safe even when used outside of medical practice, their relatively low cost, and their wide availability.
In addition to the take-back program offered by the Easton Police , Hill’s Drug Store has responded to the strong need for the proper disposal of unwanted and expired medications. Hill’s recently announced it is now offering a new “drug take back” program to safely dispose of unused medications. This program is intended to reduce the risk of improper use as well as disposing of medicines that can damage our environment and present safety issues if not disposed of properly.
If you have any questions regarding the collection on September 25th, please contact D/Sgt. George L. Paugh III of the Easton Police Department Narcotics Unit at 410-822-1111.