2013-10-24 / Wellness

Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

The Newport Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be conducting its Seventh Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Unused medicines flushed down the toilet or simply thrown away create both potential safety and health hazards.

The Newport Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at the Department’s Assembly Room. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. A. Chauvin at achauvin@cityofnewport.com or at 401-845- 5770.

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