Prescription Drug Take Back Day

prescriptionbottThe Kennesaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Kennesaw City Hall at 2539 J.O. Stephenson Ave, Kennesaw GA.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Call 770-422-2505 for more information.
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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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.

Readers – check your kitchen cabinets, your bathroom cabinets, table next to your chair and toss these unused and expired prescriptions.  This method is safe and protects everyone in your household.