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Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, April 26th.

Once again, police departments and law enforcement agencies across Rhode Island will participate in the very popular Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26th. Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

In addition to the police departments participating in the April 26th “Take Back” day, many police departments offer secure drop-off locations for unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs year round, including:

Barrington Police Department

100 Federal Rd.

Burrillville Police Department

1477 Victory Highway

Charlestown Police Department

4901 Old Post Road

Foster Police Department

182 Howard Hill Rd.

Jamestown Police Department

250 Conanicus Ave.

Little Compton Police Department

60 Simmons Road

Middletown Police Department

123 Valley Rd.

Narragansett Police Department

40 Caswell Street

North Kingstown Police Department

8166 Post Road

Providence Police Department

325 Washington Street

Richmond Police Department

1168 Main Street

Tiverton Police Department

20 Industrial Way

Warwick Police Department

99 Veterans Memorial Drive

Westerly Police Department

60 Airport Road

Woonsocket Police Department

242 Clinton Street

Check with you local police department to see if they offer this service.

Since the program began in 2010, Americans have turned in 3.4 million pounds - more than 1,700 tons - of pills.

A full list of participating police departments is attached and also can be found at www.dea.gov. In addition, many police departments accept discarded prescription medication year-round. Check with your local police department to see if they offer this service. (The locations cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“The reaction from the public to the Prescription Drug Take Back days has been terrific. More and more, people understand the dangers of having unwanted, unused and expired medications in their homes,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “The demand to rid homes of these prescription pills has been so successful that many police departments offer the free service year-round.”

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.

“Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in this country and has led to using harder illicit drugs, like heroin, to get a greater high. We need to get prescription drugs out of our homes before they can be abused and before they lead to more deadly drugs,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.

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 environmental, safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) 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.

Please note: Needles are not accepted at collection sites. Liquids are accepted, so long as they are sealed.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Collection Sites (as of April 8, 2014)