HRH TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 29
October 17, 2011
On October 29th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Holy Rosary Healthcare (HRH) will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The public can bring their medications for disposal to the HRH main lobby at 2600 Wilson Street for collection by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. HRH will be hosting this event in cooperation with the Eastern Montana Drug Task Force, Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the DEA is hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.
Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including HRH.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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.
Four days after the first Take-Back event in September 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act.