Prescription Drug Prevention
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. The service is free and anonymous, and prevents drugs from being stolen, misused or flushed into the water supply.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place each spring and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Contact your local law enforcement agency for take-back dates and locations.
Permanent drop-sites are also located at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias, Calais Police Department and Eastport Police Department.
The DEA’s Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. The other strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; enhancing and encouraging the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforcement to address doctor shopping and pill mills.