Saturday Is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Apr 272018

It’s that time of year again: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place this weekend.

Gather up your unused drugs and on Saturday, April 28, 2018, bring them to the Orange CVS, 279 Boston Post Road, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you have any prescription or even over-the-counter medications around that you don’t need anymore, simply bring them to the CVS store parking lot and authorized helpers will direct you to drop them into the large boxes they have set up.

Orange Police officers, working in conjunction with the DEA will take them off of your hands, no questions asked. You’ll leave knowing that your old medications will be properly disposed of, and won’t fall into the hands of anyone who shouldn’t have them.

These helpers will not rummage through the boxes to look at or remove anything that has been deposited.

At the end of the collection period, a DEA officer will take the collection containers to a site where all of the materials will be incinerated.

Orange Takes Part In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 26

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Apr 262014

free, easy, anonymous

free, easy, anonymous

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, 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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications 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.

Originally Published on: Apr 20, 2014 @ 14:37