DEA, local agencies making effort to protect us

According to the Delaware State Police, two men forced their way into a home on John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro last Thursday night and confronted the 41-year-old male and 33-year-old female residents of the home with handguns. The men reportedly demanded and received cash, as well as prescription medicine, from the victims before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Unfortunately, this is not as rare as one would hope for this area. We have reported several instances over the past few years of home-invasion robberies and other break-ins through just about every community in this region. Many of the stories involve people obtaining prescription medications, and several in local law enforcement have opined that the break-ins that involve cash or property being stolen are often ways for criminals to obtain more drugs.

According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and cited by Sen. Tom Carper this week, more than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. How many of you have received prescriptions following injuries or surgeries? How many of you still have pills lying around the house from those prescriptions?

You are a target.

We know that flushing those drugs down a toilet or throwing them in the trash are both potential safety hazards. In the interest of having a safe place to dispose of these drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is having a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 29, at numerous locations across the country, including several in this area.

To find a disposal location near you, go to and click on the icon marked “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.” It’s for the good of all of us.