There are a lot fewer unwanted prescription drugs in Mountain Brook this week following the successful Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative held this past Saturday. On Oct. 26, the Mountain Brook Police Department participated in the national DEA-sponsored event, where they collected 52 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications.
This is the third time MBPD has participated in the event. Each time the department has participated, said Mountain Brook Police Lt. Michael Herren in his weekly report, the event has been successful.
The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The DEA began the program two years ago to provide the public with a safe, reliable way to dispose of their unwanted prescription medications.
Flushing drugs down the toilet, authorities said, or throwing them in the trashcan poses potential health hazards.
Last April, according to a news release, Americans turned in 371 tons (more than 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.
Disposing of prescription drugs safely, authorities said, is crucial.
According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, approximately six out of 10 teens agree that it’s easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
The Foundation for a Drug Free World reports that every day, 2,500 youths aged 12-17 abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time in the United States. Each year, prescription drugs account for 45 percent of drug-related deaths. Amphetamines, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cocaine, combined lead to a total of 39 percent of drug-related deaths.
MBPD said Herren, already has plans to participate in future events.