LAKE HAVASU CITY — The Lake Havasu City Police Department is making it easier for people to dispose of their potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The police department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to offer Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. The drop-off event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 in front of the Lake Havasu City Police Department, 2360 McCulloch Blvd. N.
The program is free and anonymous and does not require identification. Participants can bring their medicine in the closed original container without labels or open the bottles and dump the contents into the disposal box. No liquids, needles, sharps or inhalers are allowed.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley said the initiative provides citizens an easy and safe way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. He encouraged residents to do their part to keep prescription drugs off the streets and help spread awareness in the community.
“Prescription drug abuse has become the nation’s fastest growing drug epidemic,” said Byerley. “Last year, more Americans died from opioid overdoses than from all other drugs combined, including meth, cocaine and hallucinogens. Unfortunately, these prescription drugs are most often obtained from friends and family, who leave them in home medicine cabinets.”
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States continue to be alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet. Take Back Day is a unique opportunity for Americans to protect their homes and medicine cabinets from theft and abuse.
National Take Back Day has received enthusiastic public support since its inception in 2010. Last October, the public turned in 457 tons –914,236 pounds– of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,800 of its local and tribal partners.
The Lake Havasu City Police Department has a drop box in front of the police department that is available 24-hours a day. The drop box does not accept liquids, creams or sharps and is not for commercial disposal of large quantities of unwanted drugs.
Additional information about the program can be found on the DEA website at www.dea.gov.