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CITY OF BERWYN: Participates in DEA National RX Takeback

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By Press release submission | Oct 29, 2019


City Of Berwyn issued the following announcement on Oct. 26.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The use of prescription pills for non-medical reasons has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans. Prescription pills are killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and inhalants combined. Every day, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time. Teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of their grandparents and parents.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

The Berwyn Police Department has been an established site since 2016, partnering with Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation. These collaborative efforts by many law enforcement agencies and organizations all have the same goal; to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.

The following items are acceptable for disposal in the collection box: Prescription medications, including controlled substances, all over the counter and pet medications, samples, vitamins, liquids and creams. Items not acceptable for deposit in the collection unit are: needles/sharps, thermometers, IV bags, bloody waste and hydrogen peroxide. The Berwyn Police Department lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can find (2) Drop Boxes in the Berwyn Police Department Lobby located at 6401 West 31st Street.

Please go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/ for more information and locations.

To make donations in support of Save A Star’s Drug Disposal Program, or if you would like more information or to see other drug box locations, please visit www.SAVEASTAR.org  Original source can be found here.

Source: City Of Berwyn 

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