April 26 is Nat. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

| April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
The number of Soldiers abusing prescription drugs is low, and the Army just signed a contract to develop a marketing campaign intended to keep that number low. (Courtesy Photo)

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Army Substance Abuse Program advocates are encouraging the return of unused medications for National Prescription Take-Back Day.

News Release

TRICARE beneficiaries have a safe and easy way to dispose of expired prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26.

Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to bring excess prescription drugs that otherwise could be abused or contaminate the environment.

A 2011 national survey on drug use found that Americans are twice as likely to regularly abuse prescription drugs as they are to regularly use cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined. The same study found more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, often without their knowledge.

During DEA’s last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans disposed of more than 647,211 pounds of prescription drugs. The last seven Take-Back days have collected more than 3.4 million pounds of unused medication.

Prescription and over-the-counter “solid dosage” drugs (tablets and capsules) are accepted, but intravenous solutions, injectable medications and needles are not.

Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are accepted.

Drop-Off Locations
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at these locations:
•    Schofield Barracks Main Post Exchange (PX), inside near flower shop;
•    Town Center of Mililani, north end of mall, 95-1249 Meheula Pkwy.;
•    Marine Corps Exchange, in front, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay;
•    Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange, main lobby, 4725 Bougainville Dr.;
•    Windward Mall, inside, near food court entrance, 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe;
•    Pearl City Police Station, parking lot, 1100 Waimano Home Rd.;
•    Hawaii State Capitol, drive-through, 415 S. Beretania St., Honolulu;
•    Kahala Mall, inside, 4211 Waialae Ave., Honolulu.

Learn More
Get more details at these sites:
•    Army Substance Abuse Program at http://acsap.army.mil/sso/pages/index.jsp.
•    “It’s a Thin Line between Use, Misuse and Abuse” at www.armythinline.org.
•    Call 541-1930 about “Take-Back Day” or visit www.dea.gov.

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