CSUPD is a collection site for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29. Unused or expired prescription medications may be dropped off at the department’s lobby in Green Hall on campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
No liquid, needles or sharps will be accepted, but the site will accept pills or patches for disposal. Dropping off unused prescriptions is free and anonymous, and helps to keep medications from being diverted or stolen for misuse or abuse.
Accidental poisoning, overdoses and drug abuse rates related to prescription medication in the United States are high. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Previous advice to flush unused medications down the toilet is now discouraged because it poses potential safety and health hazards, as does throwing drugs away without extra precautions.
National Drug Take Back Day is a partnership among local law enforcement agencies and the DEA. Last October, during National Drug Take Back Day, more than 730,000 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at more than 9,000 collection sites. Overall, in 12 previous Take Back events, more than 7.1 million pounds of pills have been disposed of through this event.