Scheduled prescription drug take-back event saves lives, landfills, and streams


The 18th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Delaware collected 5,385 pounds of unwanted or expired medicine, announced Delaware Health and Social Services, on Wednesday.

The April 27, 2019 event used 45 drop-off stations throughout the First State to help get potentially harmful medications out of people's homes and off the streets.

The first 2019 Take-Back Day produced the best results since the October 28, 2017 edition that recovered 5,518 pounds.

Dr. Karyl Rattay is the director of the Division of Public Health.

“We appreciate all of the participants that take part in this biannual event, including not only the public, but also state and local law enforcement agencies,” said Rattay. “Holding these events and giving residents a safe place to dispose of their prescription drugs will continue to decrease the risk of drug misuse and substance use disorder, as drug experimentation often begins at home. However we continue to encourage Delawareans to take advantage of the permanent prescription drug drop box locations and not feel that they have to wait for the next event to come around.”

The 18 total events have collected 90,291 pounds of medications since May of 2010.

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