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Oct 20, 2016

First Choice, Troop 003, DEA Partner in Unwanted Precription Take Back


FIRST CHOICE, TROOP 003, DEA PARTNER IN UNWANTED PRECRIPTION TAKE BACK

Event to Be Held October 22 at First Choice Community Healthcare, South Broadway Medical Center

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - First Choice Community Healthcare in coordination with Boy Scout Troop #003 and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will participate in the bi-annual take back and disposal of prescription drugs. The event with the support of Boy Scout Troop #003 will be held Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Choice Community Healthcare at the South Broadway Medical Center (1401William Street SE).

 

Boy Scout Troop #003 Eagle Scout nominee Daniel Schoellkopf will use this event as his Eagle Project to obtain the highest rank in scouting of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Project is designed to give each candidate the ability display leadership of others while giving back to the community. The Eagle Project is what highlights the full impact of the Scouting program to the community.

 

This event will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 

 

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.