Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Swampscott Police will take back unwanted prescription drugs

Swampscott Police will take back unwanted prescription drugs

The service is free and anonymous.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will return on Saturday.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The DEA hopes to prevent the start of drug addiction, enabling of current battles, and risk of overdosing by allowing the safe disposal of these drugs.

The public can also drop off unwanted or unused prescription medication 24/7 in the lobby of Police Headquarters, 430 Boston Post Rd.

In its previous 14 Drug Take-Back Day events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than nine million pounds, more than 4,500 tons of pills. Cleveland Police Departments in Districts 1-5 are all participating in this event, as are many others across Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. This is a semi-annual event in which people can turn in unused, unwanted or unnecessary prescription drugs that they have in the medicine cabinets at home.

"Surgical providers write almost 10 percent of all opioid prescriptions and approximately 80 percent of the pills of those 28.3 million prescriptions go unused, leaving a staggering number of pills available for diversion and leaving them vulnerable to abuse or misuse", said Dr. Stulberg.

"Prescription drug misuse continues to be a serious concern", said Attorney General Russell Suzuki.

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Proper disposal of unwanted medicines is important.

Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its "Take-Back" day more than six years ago.

The last initiative was held in October 2017 and Maryland troopers say they collected over 2,500 pounds of drugs.

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