Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC to partner with Nanticoke Hospital, DEA
on medication take-back event April 28 in Seaford
SEAFORD (April 12, 2012) – DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances and Office of Community Services have partnered with Nanticoke Health Services for a medication take-back event to be held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Medications including prescription drugs can be handed in for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Mears Health Campus, 200 Rawlins Drive (formerly Health Services Drive) in Seaford.
The take-back event is open to all households who have unwanted, unused or expired medications they want to turn over for safe disposal. Aerosol sprays and syringes will not be accepted.
Medication take-back days benefit both public and environmental health by keeping drugs and potentially-harmful ingredients from further human contact or the consequences of their spread within vital natural resources. Unused medications that are flushed down the toilet can enter our waterways and drinking water supply. If thrown into the trash or discarded haphazardly, these medications also can be retrieved by persons other than the prescription holder to be abused or illegally sold.
Handing in unused medications for safe disposal is completely anonymous, with no identification required. Officers from DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit will be onsite throughout the event and will secure collected medications.
Take-back events also will be held at other locations statewide. For more information about them, visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539.
Vol. 42, No. 128