Second Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day Nets 273 Pounds of Drugs
KENT, Wash. – May 2, 2011 – Working in partnership with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kent Police Department’s second annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” was a huge success. Police officials received 273 pounds of prescribed medications and over the counter medicines at this year’s event, nearly 100 pounds more than last September’s take-back event. Officers reported a steady stream of people stopping by the Kent Police Station throughout the day to surrender their unused or unwanted medicines in a safe, secure environment.
Police Department Public Education Specialist Stacy Judd noted “residents continue to take advantage of this opportunity as a safe way to dispose of their medications”. While most participants brought a few medications to the event, others packed their unwanted medicines into large bags and even boxes. Some of the medicines were unused; others were outdated or simply not needed. Many of the medications turned in were decades old.
Due to their ready access, prescription drugs are now the second most commonly abused narcotic in America. While most people take prescription medications responsibly, 48 million people have reported using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. This represents nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population.
The Kent Police Department hopes to increase the frequency of “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” by adding one or more events to this year’s calendar. Lieutenant Pat Lowery said “It’s our hope to continue providing this worthwhile service to our residents, making their homes and the community safer”. In the meantime, the public can go to takebackyourmeds.org for more information about safe disposal of prescription and non-prescription medications.
Lieutenant Pat Lowery