Wilmington Joins National Effort to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse with Take Back Day Initiative

On the upcoming Saturday, April 27, 2024, the Wilmington community has a vital opportunity to contribute to public safety and health through the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Spearheaded by Mayor Mike Purzycki and Chief of Police Wilfredo Campos, the event offers a safe, convenient, and anonymous method to dispose of expired or unneeded medications. Residents are encouraged to visit the front of Frawley Stadium on the Riverfront between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to hand over their unused prescriptions to Wilmington police officers.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) underscores the critical nature of this initiative, highlighting that unneeded prescription medications often become gateways to addiction. The DEA points out, “The majority of opioid addictions start with prescription pills found in medicine cabinets at home,” emphasizing that pharmaceutical drugs can pose the same dangers as street drugs when misused.

Wilmington Police Department’s participation in this event is not new; this will be their fifth involvement, following successful collections in previous years. This consistency in participation underscores the city’s commitment to battling the opioid crisis and prescription drug abuse, a pressing issue across the nation.

Sergeant Joseph Leary, commanding officer of the WPD Support Services Division, reiterated the importance of the initiative, stating, “Unused or expired prescription medications can pose a serious public safety and public health risk, leading to overdose, abuse and accidental poisoning. This national collection event is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of properly disposing of unneeded prescription medication.”

For residents who cannot make it on the event day, Wilmington Police Department provides a permanent solution; a collection bin located in the lobby of their headquarters at 300 North Walnut Street, available for drop-offs all year round.

For further details about the DEA initiative and to find other collection sites, visit www.dea.gov/takebackday. Additionally, resources and information on the dangers of prescription drug abuse are available at www.DEA.gov, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, and www.JustThinkTwice.com.

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