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.
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.