On Saturday, October 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Village of Cary and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills or patches to the Village of Cary Police Department at 654 Village Hall Drive for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. **Please note that no syringes or liquids will be accepted.
Last October, Americans turned in 441.5 tons (882,919 pounds) of prescription drugs at 6,174 sites nationwide. 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. Often people dispose of unused drugs by throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the drain - both of which are a mistake, as flushed drugs contaminate the water supply.
Personnel will be available at the Cary Police Department to accept prescription drug drop-offs between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Police Department also has a permanent drug drop off container in the lobby of the Police Station if residents are unable to attend this event.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Cary Police Department non-emergency line at 847-639-2341.