Another opportunity to clean out surplus or outdated prescription drugs in the medicine cabinets of Newport
Newport Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer the public its seventh opportunity in three years to help prevent prescription abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Newport City Hall at 169 SW Coast Highway on Saturday, October 26th, from 10am to 2pm. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.
Drugs collected from the Newport Police Department disposal site in 2010 weighed 356 pounds; in 2011, the total drugs collected for disposal weighed 396 pounds; in 2012, the total drugs collected for disposal weighed 373 pounds.
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 overdose due to these drugs. Studies show that most 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 by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash create problems for our environment.
The Newport Police Department, and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months. The Newport Police Department encourages people with unused or unwanted drugs of any kind, intended for humans or animals, to utilize this important service. Any type of prescription and/or over-the-counter medications are acceptable.