Chief of Police David Bailey said, "This is our third time sponsoring the Drug Take Back initiative. We collected approximately 122 pounds of drugs this year, which is an increase from last year's 100 pounds." Bailey said that he has noticed an increase in the number of people who are aware of the importance of disposing of unneeded drugs. That awareness is translating into more people taking advantage of drug take back programs.
This opportunity addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, 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.
"In our area, the number one reason people bring presciption drugs to dispose of is fear of children or grandchildren gaining access to them," said Bailey. The program is also a good opportunity for people who simply don't know what to do with their old or unused presciption medications. "Flushing" drugs can lead to drug residue harming the environment, by winding up in streams.
Bailey said, "I'm grateful to the public for their participation in this worthy cause." He added that people can actually bring their old or unused prescription medications to the police department at any time. The police department can secure them until proper disposal can be made.