For immediate release: September 26, 2012
For more information: Eric B. White, Consumer Communications Specialist 484-248-5730 http://www.rednersmarkets.com
Northern Berks Regional Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs September 29 at Redner’s Warehouse Market Pharmacy in Leesport
Reading, Pa. – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northern Berks Regional Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Redner’s Warehouse Market Pharmacy at Route 61 in Leesport. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Northern Berks Regional Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
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Redner’s Markets, Inc., an employee owned company, currently operates 42 Warehouse Markets and 16 Quick Shoppes throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Redner’s is committed to supporting the community in which each Warehouse Market and Quick Shoppe is located through a variety of supportive partnerships and enrichment programs. Redner’s continually strives to provide the lowest prices, freshest product and the outstanding service our customers have come to expect for 42 years.