OVPD to again participate in drug take-back event

The National Drug Take Back Day event is on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with 28 collection sites located throughout Delaware. The event gives the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications.

Once again, the Ocean View Police Department, located at 201 Central Avenue, will serve as the local collection site for the free event.

Anyone can simply bring medications for disposal to the Ocean View Police Department. Prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquid and cream medications will all be accepted — even pet medication. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. OVPD officials said all efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law-enforcement personnel present.

The Drug Take Back Day event is intended to address a public health and safety issue. Americans are now being advised that their past methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential health and safety hazards. Though not at dangerous levels yet, traces of several drugs have been found in private and public water systems throughout Delaware.

In addition, medicines that languish at home are susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are 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 — and that includes from the home medicine cabinet.

Residents can drop off unused drugs at the Ocean View Police Department on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.