The is teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to collect prescription drugs today as part of National Take Back Day.
The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Joyce Pavilion Lobby and will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Last year’s “Take Back Day” resulted in hundreds of tons of prescription drugs being turned in for proper disposal by the DEA.
About 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time each day, according to the DEA. This fact, coupled with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses illustrates the importance of ensuring unused prescription drugs are properly destroyed.
Anyone who wants to participate in the “Take Back Day” can park in the Sound Shore Medical Center's visitor lot free of charge. A DEA representative will be in the main lobby to receive drugs. Remember the event is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.
For more information on Take Back Day or to locate other participating sites in your area, visit www.dea.gov.