(Apple Valley)–Every day, more than 2,500 teenagers abuse prescription medication for the first time. More than half of them obtain these medications from friends and family.
In an effort to rid local medicine cabinets of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs, the Town of Apple Valley Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in a nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27.
Citizens are encouraged to look in their homes for any unused medications and bring them to the Apple Valley Sheriff’s station between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary and all collections will remain anonymous.
“The Town of Apple Valley is committed to bringing awareness that prescription medications can be abused just as easily as illegal street drugs,” said Apple Valley Mayor Curt Emick. “By offering this outlet for disposal of these substances, we hope to reduce the access teenagers, and our community in general, have to these drugs and perhaps save a life.”
This event will kick-off Mayor Emick’s public education campaign to encourage safe storage and proper disposal of prescription medications. The campaign, which is part of a national awareness initiative called “Safeguard My Meds,” will involve a concerted effort by law enforcement officials, medical professionals and citizens of Apple Valley to reduce the abuse of prescription medications.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated all over the nation. The Apple Valley Sheriff’s Department is located adjacent to Town Hall at 14931 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. Residents can also turn in prescriptions free of charge at Apple Valley’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13450 Nomwaket Road between Powhatan and Ottawa roads.
For additional information about preventing prescription drug abuse, visit www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.