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Delaware State Police to Host National Take-Back Initiative Across the State

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DELAWARE- Delawareans who have unwanted, unused, or even expired prescription drugs at home may want to mark off Oct. 26 on their calendars. 

Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative for that day. It will take place in all three counties in Delaware and the locations for planned disposal monitored by Delaware State Police will be at the following:

New Castle County:

  • Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 LaGrange Ave., Newark, DE 19702

Kent County:

  • Delaware State Police Troop 3, 3759 S. State St., Camden, DE 19934

Sussex County:

  • Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958

Police say this is a great way to safely dispose of the potentially dangerous drugs, and the service is free, anonymous and has no questions asked. 

According to police, in April of 2019 the Take Back Day brought in 937,443 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. Police say, since 2010 that brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by the DEA to 11,816,393 pounds.

The DEA says that for the first time it will also be accepting vaping devices and cartridges at any of the above drop-off locations. The DEA also said it cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If the batteries cannot be removed, people are asked to consult with stores that recycle the batteries. 

Police said 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. Police said that 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, pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day event, and to find year-round collection sites near you go to DEA’s official Take Back Day website.

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