Take Back Drugs Day
Sgt. Tom Willis, Eudora Police Department
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On Saturday April 30, the Eudora Police Department, in cooperation with Byrne’s Pharmacy, held a “Take Back Drugs Day” event. This event is held in cooperation with National and State Drug Enforcement Agencies and police departments throughout the United States.
According to Sgt. Tom Willis, the Eudora Police Department collected nearly 50 lbs. of outdated medications at this event.
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—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that teens who abuse prescription drugs often obtain them 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.
Debrah Barr of Byrne’s Pharmacy stated the Kansas DEA was so pleased with the results of the event statewide, that another event is now being planned for September. Barr added that if there is a more immediate need of citizens to dispose of medications, you can contact Byrne’s Pharmacy to get assistance.
Once the date of the September “Take Back Drugs Day” event is announced, we will make sure to pass along that information.