The South Tahoe Police Department in partnership with the South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a prescription drug take back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Safeway.
This is the eighth take back in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring unwanted pills for disposal to the Safeway parking lot, 1020 Johnson Blvd.
The DEA can’t accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, according to the South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition.
A December 2012 article written by Tahoe Turning Point for the Tahoe Daily Tribune indicated that 68.4 percent of surveyed kids in SLT reported abusing prescription medications not prescribed to them. Oxycontin and Codeine were the most commonly abused medications. Those two particular drugs are highly addictive pain medications that often lead to heroin use. 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.
The South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition will be focused on creating awareness about the misuse and abuse of prescription medications over the next two years. The Coalition will continue to support the Police Department and DEA in the Prescription Take Back Days. The Coalition is also looking at the feasibility of installing a permanent prescription drop-off bin at the police station before the end of the summer.
For more information on the South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition and prescription drug abuse visit the Coalition’s website at bedrugsafe.com.