Cecil County set for Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Desiree Steele
April 25, 2018

To combat the misuse of drugs, national drug take-back day is this Saturday. The home medicine cabinet is a frequent target of prescription drug abusers and often provides access to prescription medication. (DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps.) "Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes", said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.

"Most people don't realize this, but there are more people that have issues with pharmaceuticals and overdoses than there are of cocaine, heroine and ecstasy combined", Sullivan said. Removing these drugs from home will also decrease the likelihood residents will become dependent upon them or use them outside of a doctor's recommended guidelines.

It marks the first of two National Drug Take Back Days scheduled for this year and, for Cecil County, it is another opportunity to produce drop-off figures that are competitive with some recent notable numbers here.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs".

"We're absolutely in the middle of a public health epidemic with opioids", said Katherine Neale, Follow Our Lead program director.

The prescription drug drop box is designed for year-round disposal and will be installed in the Weatherford College Police Department.

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