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Safely dispose of unused pills April 27

Safely dispose of unused pills April 27


Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services and Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a drug Take-Back Day event on Saturday, April 27.

Bring pills for disposal to either the Durham resident trooper’s office at 24 Townhouse Road or the Middlefield state trooper’s office at 405 Main St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, in its 16 previous take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds 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. 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 medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take-Back Day event, visit or  

-- Press Release