Pelham Police implement a new Drug Take Back Program
The Pelham Police Department recently acquired a “Drug Drop Off” box from NADDI (The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators) for the purposes of collecting old, unused or discarded pharmaceutical prescription drugs from citizens.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Teen prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1 in 10 teens has abused cough medication, while 1 in 5 has taken prescription stimulants, pain medications, or tranquilizers to get “high”. Because of their accessibility in the home, prescription drugs are now considered a “Gateway Drug”. More teens have used a prescription drug to get “high” before trying Marijuana or any other drug.
Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and Drug Drop Off Boxes like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health in our community.
The drug drop off box was installed in the lobby of the police station for citizens who wish to turn in old, unused or discarded pharmaceutical prescriptions. Citizens may, at any time of day or night, stop in to the police station and place the drugs in the drug drop box. Citizens are not required to speak with an officer when dropping of the drugs. The program is designed for citizens come and go as they please and to remain anonymous if they wish.
Needles, drug paraphernalia and liquids will not be accepted.
This program is for pharmaceutical prescription drugs or drug patches that are packaged or in their original containers.