Urbana Police’ taking back’ unwanted prescription drugs


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On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Urbana Police Division in partnership with the Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition’s Opiate Task Force, Kroger, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity 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 Kroger parking lot, located at 1637 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, Urbana. The site cannot accept liquids. Needles/sharps, pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Mary Rutan Hospital (Urbana Clinic) is providing sharps disposal at no cost as a community service.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 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 United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or ccfcfc.org/drug-free-youth-coalition/.

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Submitted by Stacey Logwood, OCPS, Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition, and Chief Matt Lingrell, Urbana Police Division.

Submitted by Stacey Logwood, OCPS, Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition, and Chief Matt Lingrell, Urbana Police Division.