RPD's Drug Take Back Day nets 237.6 pounds of prescription drugs
On Saturday, October 27, the Richfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosted a Drug Take Back Day event.
The department's Drug Take Back Day event netted 237.6 pounds of prescription drugs.
Drug Take Back Day events aim to prevent prescription medication abuse and theft by providing residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
“People often have leftover prescription medication in their homes and do not know how to dispose of it. The Richfield Police Department wanted to give the community an opportunity to get rid of any unused prescription medication through Drug Take Back Day,” said Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne.
Residents were able to bring their medication for disposal to the Richfield Police Department.
The service was free and anonymous, no questions were asked.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. Drug abuse may become ongoing and compulsive, despite the negative consequences,” said Chief Henthorne.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.