Drug Take-Back Day Tomorrow
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 26, 2018
Law enforcement is offering residents a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of unused prescription drugs.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, the Cody Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be offering a free service that allows the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Park County Law Enforcement Center at 1402 River View Drive in Cody. The service is free and anonymous—no questions asked.
According to the Cody PD, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, because 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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.