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Got Drugs? USciences to Host Drug Take-Back Day on April 26
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Written By:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
In an effort to keep unused prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, University of the Sciences will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University’s Rosenberger Hall.
“This one-day event is a great opportunity for local residents to clear their medicine cabinets without worry, knowing that this process safely disposes of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs," said Andrew Peterson PharmD, PhD, John Wyeth Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.
The Drug Enforcement Agency launched its first Drug Take-Back Day in 2010, and now holds the nationwide event every six months. Last October, Americans turned in more than 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 4,100 sites. Since its inception, the drug take-back efforts have collected more than 3.4 million pounds of prescribed drugs.
“Research indicates that drug abusers generally sneak prescription drugs from familiar medicine cabinets without their parents, friends, or grandparents even knowing,” said Dr. Peterson. “It is vital for people who are prescribed these drugs to keep track of their painkillers and properly dispose of them when they are no longer used.”
This free and anonymous service does not accept liquids or needles, only prescribed pills or patches. Rosenberger Hall is located on 43rd Street between Chester and Woodland avenues in Philadelphia. USciences is easily accessed via public transportation, and visitor parking is also available to attendees.
For more information regarding this event, contact Dr. Peterson at a.peters@usciences.edu or (215) 596-8877.
Here is more information as to why it is important to get rid of unused, unwanted prescription drugs, such as painkillers.
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