|Do You Have Expired Prescription Drugs?|
|April 16, 2012|
Dispose of them safely and securely at dozens of locations throughout the 28th District, on Saturday, April 28th.
Visit any of these locations between 10 am- 2 pm on Saturday April 28th, and simply drop off your unwanted prescription drugs. Local representatives will then safely dispose of them, ensuring that they will not pose a threat to public health.
Unwanted or unused prescription medications can pose a significant health risk if the proper care is not taken in their disposal. At a time when abuse of prescription drugs has become a significant public health problem, drug take-back programs provide a safe, reliable, legal way to dispose of these medications without risking their misuse and without polluting our soil or waterways.
Recent statistics issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that, in 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult for an entire month. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses now kill more people every year than traffic accidents. Other studies have shown that abuse of prescription drugs is greater than the use of cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined. Failure to properly dispose of prescription drugs leaves children at risk of accidental overdoses and has been linked to their abuse among teenagers.
On Saturday, April 28th, you can protect your own home from accidental overdoses, and protect our community from the improper disposal of prescription drugs by visiting one of the many participating facilities, and safely disposing of your unwanted prescription drugs.
In addition to being a proud supporter of Drug Take Back Day, Rep. Slaughter is also the author of H.R. 2939 – the Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act – which would permanently establish collection sites similar to those found on Drug Take Back Day. The bill would also set up a nonprofit corporation financed by pharmaceutical producers, which would be responsible for operating the drug take-back programs and for developing a strategy to prevent pharmaceutical contaminants from polluting our waterways and environments.
If you have any questions about Drug Take Back Day or the Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act, please call the Rochester District Office at (585) 232-4850.
Western New York Drug Take Back Day Locations
Visit any of these locations between 10 am- 2 pm on Saturday April 28th to safely dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs.