This Saturday, the Seattle Police Department will be participating in the National “Drug Take Back Day”. People can bring any unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs to one of the five Seattle Police Department precincts between 10am and 2pm.
The “Drug Take Back” day is a coordinated effort with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It allows people to safely rid their homes of medications which could be stolen or abused.
The SPD accepts the prescription drugs on an anonymous basis and does not charge a fee for accepting the drugs. Last September, more than 2 million pounds of drugs were turned in across the U.S. at 5,200 “Take Back Drugs” sites.
Deaths to intentional and unintentional drug overdose and pharmaceutical drugs is a significant problem in the United States and has risen over the past decade. Some of the most commonly abused drugs are opiods which are contained in pain killers like oxycodone, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and fentanyl.
In fact, prescription drug overdose kills more Americans than car accidents and is the leading cause of accidental death and in 2009, killed 37,485 people.
Accidental drug overdose are the highest in men between the ages of 20 and 64.
Ridding one’s home of unused and unneeded prescription drugs can help subvert misuse and abuse. Many of those who have died of accidental overdoses took the medication from the medicine cabinet of a friend, a parent, or a grandparent.
This information is provided as a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured and the family of those who have been victim of a drug overdose or adverse drug event such as a medication error delivered at a hospital or nursing home.