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Biden urges Delawareans to turn in unneeded prescriptions at weekend “Take Back” events

Date Posted: Friday, April 25th, 2014
Categories:  Consumer Protection Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

AG’s office to sponsor 3 drop-off locations through coordinated local, state, federal effort to reduce prescription drug abuse

 

Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden today urged Delawareans to help reduce the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse by disposing of their unneeded medications at free prescription drug take-back events this Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is organized nationally by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and in Delaware Biden’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is sponsoring 3 drop-off sites of more than 30 offered statewide under the leadership of Governor Markell and his Cabinet, in partnership with state and local police agencies, and healthcare organizations.

 

“Prescription drug abuse is a full-blown epidemic in our State,” Biden said.  “We’re asking Delawareans to help limit illegal access to these drugs one household at a time by taking a few minutes to look through the family medicine cabinet, gather together their medications that are no longer needed, and drop them off this Saturday for safe and effective disposal.”

 

At each site, individuals can anonymously discard unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.   The Attorney General’s office is sponsoring three drop-off sites at the following locations:

 

New Castle County:

Shipley Manor

2723 Shipley Road, Wilmington

 

Kent County:

Heritage at Dover

1203 Walker Road, Dover

 

Sussex County:

Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center

18947 John Jay Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach

 

Location information for all Delaware drop-off sites is available at www.dea.gov (click on “Got Drugs”) or call 1-800-882-9539.  Please note:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications (i.e. tablets and capsules) are accepted.
  • Consumers are encouraged to remove personal information from bottles and packages.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine are not part of the program.

 

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