Turn In Unused Medications April 29, 2017: Attorney General Denn, Sens. Carper And Coons, DEA, DHSS And Walgreens Announce Drug Take-Back Day

WILMINGTON – With hundreds of lives being lost to drug overdoses each year, Delaware will hold a Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to help reduce the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse. Delawareans can discard their expired or unused medications at locations statewide between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Health and Social Service (DHSS), the twice-a-year event has resulted in more than 65,000 pounds of medication being collected in 13 events.

Properly discarding unused medications protects groundwater, reduces the risk of addiction, keeps prescription medications out of the hands of people who may abuse them, and helps prevent drug overdoses.

“We must view addiction as the chronic disease it is. We can all improve the safety of our homes and communities by properly disposing of unused medicines,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “National studies show that almost two-thirds of people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, including by raiding medicine cabinets, purses, and drawers.”

The April 29, 2017 Drug Take-Back Day announcement was held in the Walgreens pharmacy in the Fairfax Shopping Center near Wilmington. Dr. Walker praised Walgreens for being the first private Delaware retailer to install safe medicine disposal boxes. Six of Delaware’s 21 permanent medicine drop-off locations are in Walgreens pharmacies. The remaining 15 permanent boxes are located in local law enforcement agencies.

“Delaware – and the nation’s – problem with prescription drug abuse has hit nearly every home and family,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “The Prescription Drug Take-Back program is just one tool in our tool box to get these drugs out of the wrong hands. It’s easier than ever to get rid of your unwanted prescriptions instead of letting them get into the wrong hands, or throwing them away and polluting our land and water supply. We will continue to fight this problem and will only be successful by working with all levels of government, and partnering with the private and nonprofit sector to attack this problem on all fronts.”

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Delaware stores, as we have done in other states over the last year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Jessica Puckett Beasley, Walgreens regional healthcare director in Delaware. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

“I want to applaud Walgreens, the DEA, Delaware Health and Social Services, and everyone working together to do their part to stop the spread of prescription medications getting into the wrong hands,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Coons. “It takes a group effort; everyone doing their part to stop the drug abuse that’s taking hold in our communities. I encourage everyone to take a look at their medicine cabinets, and if you’re not using those prescriptions, participate in the Drug Take-Back Day or dispose of their medications in one of the 21 locations permanent drop boxes statewide.”

In 2016, 308 people died in Delaware from drug overdoses compared to 228 in 2015 and 222 in 2014. Up to 80 percent of Delaware’s drug overdoses may involve one or more prescription medications.

“We know that prescription drugs are often a gateway to illegal drugs,” said Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn. “Ensuring that prescription drugs do not end up in the wrong hands is therefore an important part of our effort to address Delaware’s opioid epidemic. Prevention, treatment, and law enforcement are all critical parts of this fight.”

“Public Health is grateful for all the Drug Take-Back Day participating organizations, the DEA, and the law enforcement agencies and Walgreens which offer the permanent drop boxes,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We must also increase awareness about alternatives to opioid medications to reduce pain and educate medical providers on the new Delaware prescribing rules.”

New regulations for the safe prescribing of opiates, promulgated by the Delaware Department of State’s Division of Professional Regulation, became effective April 1, 2017. They establish standards for prescribing opiates safely for acute episodes and for chronic, long term pain management. Read the full text at: http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/controlledsubstances/documents/20%20DE%20Reg%20564%2001-01-17.pdf

Delawareans seeking help for drug addiction or medical providers seeking information on patient education and treatment resources can visit www.HelpIsHereDE.com. Click on “I am here for me” to see a list of detox, treatment and recovery providers in the region.

Drugs for disposal must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack, or zipped plastic bag, with personal information removed. Liquid medications must be in their original containers. Needles, aerosols, biohazard materials, medical equipment, and batteries will not be accepted. For more details and a list of permanent collection sites, visit DPH at http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsp/hhdrugtakeback.html or 302-744-4546, ext. 5; and the DEA atwww.dea.gov/take-back/takeback-news.shtml.

Delaware’s Drug Take-Back Day sites for April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are:

New Castle County
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801
Delaware City Police Department, 407 Clinton St., Delaware City, DE 19706
New Castle County Airport, 151 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720
Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720
Wilmington VA Medical Center, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805
Shipley Manor Nursing Home, 2723 Shipley Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
Christiana Care Surgical Center, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718
University of Delaware – Laurel Hall, 282 The Green, Newark, DE 19716
Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 La Grange Ave., Newark, DE 19702
Newark Police Department, 220 South Main St., Newark, DE 19711 (permanent collection site)
Walgreens, 1120 Pulaski Highway, Bear, DE 19701 (permanent collection site)
Walgreens, 6317 Limestone Road, Hockessin, DE 19707 (permanent collection site)
Walgreens, 2119 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 (permanent collection site)

Kent County
Atlantic Apothecary, 103. S. Dupont Blvd., Suite 2, Smyrna, DE 19977
Cheswold Police Department, 691 Main St., Cheswold, DE 19936
Delaware State Police Troop 3, 3759 S. State St., Camden, DE 19934
Heritage at Dover Assisted Living, 1203 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904
Walgreens, 1001 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904 (permanent collection site)
Felton Police Department, 24 East Sewell St., Felton, DE 19943 (permanent collection site)
Milford Police Department, 400 N.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963 (permanent collection site)

Sussex County
Dagsboro Police Department, 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939
Delaware State Police Troop 4, 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
City of Lewes Board of Public Works, 129 Schley Ave., Lewes, DE 19958
Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
Milton Police Department, 101 Federal St., Milton, DE 19968
Beebe Medical Tunnell Center, 18947 John Jay Williams Highway, Rehoboth, DE 19971
Rehoboth Beach Police Department, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, DE 19971
CVS Pharmacy, 36252 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, DE 19975
Selbyville Town Hall, 68 W. Church St., Selbyville, DE 19975 (permanent collection site)
Ocean View Police Department, 201 Central Ave., Ocean View, DE 19970 (permanent collection site)
Laurel Police Department, 205 Mechanic St., Laurel, DE 19956 (permanent collection site)
Walgreens, 17239 Five Points Square, Lewes DE 19958 (permanent collection site)
Walgreens, 22898 Sussex Highway, Seaford, DE 19973 (permanent collection site)

About Walgreens
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A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person’s spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.