April 2011 News Releases


National Take Back Initiative
April 30th, 2011
          
Prescription Abuse

More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Administration. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the
Partnership for a Drug Free America. A majority of these abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,
including the home medicine cabinet.

Environmental Concerns

Medications can make their way through our sewer system and wastewater treatment facilities into our groundwater. This can
happen when individuals flush unused prescription medications down sinks or toilets. Since the wastewater treatment process
was not designed to remove medications from the waste stream, traces of medications may remain present when treated
wastewater is returned to the environment.

KTPD and KDPS Want to Help

In an effort to address these problems, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with state and local
law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, have scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on
Saturday, April 30th, 2011. If you have accumulated unused and unwanted prescription drugs (pills only please), bring them to
the Kalamazoo Township Police or the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for
collection.  There will be no questions asked and the pills will be disposed of safely and securely.

KTPD Headquarters
1720 Riverview Dr.

KDPS Headquarters
150 E. Crosstown Pkwy
Anyone with information about an
incident is asked to contact
TKPD (269)343-0568 or
Silent Observer(269)343-2100