The Taylor Substance Abuse Task Force announces that three of its Downriver peers, as well as the Lincoln Park Rotary Club, are participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.  

All unused medications can be dropped off free of charge at Taylor Police Department, Lincoln Park Police Department and Ecorse Police Department.  Project Director Simone Calvas is extremely happy at the overwhelming support from each city.  It is imperative to keep children, water systems and landfills drug free. 

Approximately  276  tons of medications have been collected and kept off the streets
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; More Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens like LSD, and inhalants (sniffed household products) combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Take-Back Days are presently needed because the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as originally written didn’t provide a way for patients, caregivers and pet owners to dispose of such controlled substance (CS) medications such as painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants like ADHD drugs. 

People were flushing their old medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, but in recent years medicines have been found in the nation’s water supplies and medications were being retrieved from the trash by those who would abuse or sell them. 

To give people a more environmentally responsible and secure way to dispose of their medications, the Drug Enforcement Administration launched its first Take-Back event in September 2010. Four days later, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the CSA to allow people and, in some instances, long term care facilities to regularly, conveniently and safely dispose of their CS medications by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The DEA is in the process of finalizing regulations to implement the Act.