The (RPD) will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction during Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Sept. 29.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines which 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. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
The RPD is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Keep Roswell Beautiful for the event. The service is free and anonymous. It will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road in Alpharetta.
For more information, please contact Officer Lisa Holland at the Roswell Police Department, 770-640-4422 or visit the DEA’s website at www.dea.gov.