Got Expired Drugs? Bring Them to NSU

The Norfolk State University Police Department is hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for the community Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NSU Police Department building located at 2501 Corprew Avenue. Bring your pills for disposal to the NSU Police Department, lobby area.  We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The NTBI is designed to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Americans are getting the message that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including opioid painkillers. This year’s event is the 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information, contact Lt. Kevin Genwright, NSU Police Department, at 757-823-8102.

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