That is why the DEA and thousands of its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners are holding this Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at over 5,000 sites around the country. Beat Coordinators Officer Adrian Gutierrez, Officer Beth Lazarus and Officer Bryan Kerr will be there and will have collection boxes setup to collect pills or medicated patches (no liquids, needles, or sharps). Additional strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; establishing prescription drug monitoring programs in all 50 states; and increased enforcement to address illicit methods of prescription drug diversion. Unused or expired medicine should be disposed of properly when it is no longer needed for the illness for which it was prescribed. "We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses".
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.
Last April, Americans turned in 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place twice per year. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially risky medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those whom these controlled substances were prescribed.
-City of Delavan Police Department, 123 S. Second St., Delavan, 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Monmouth County residents can drop off their unwanted prescriptions at any time at its permanent collection site, located at the front entrance of the Sherriff's Office.
For more information, contact BPD Detective Nathan Anderberg, 661-398-5191.