VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama -- The city of Vestavia Hills will take part in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Vestavia Hills Police Department will work alongside the DEA in order to give the public an opportunity to properly dispose of unused and expired prescription medicine. Those with unwanted prescriptions are asked to bring the medication for disposal to City Hall, 513 Montgomery Highway or VHPD's East Precinct at 3241 Cahaba Heights Road.
Saturday's event will mark the sixth partnership in three years where law enforcement agencies have come together to help prevent pill abuse and theft by encouraging the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked.
The DEA started the nationwide take back program in 2010. Last year alone, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and other local authorities. During the five most recent take back events, the DEA took in over two million pounds--or more than a thousand tons--of pills.
The programs are crucial, they said, an issue of public health. Improperly disposed of medicines could end up in the wrong hands, leading to potential and dangerous abuse. Flushing the pills are also not an option they added, because it creates a potential water contamination threat.
Vestavia Hills isn't alone this year; law enforcement agencies in Shelby County--including the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition--today announced their plans to take part.
The Shelby County drop-sites on April 27 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., are as follows: Alabaster Target at 250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster; Greystone YMCA at 5414 Highway 280, Birmingham; Pelham Police department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham; University of Montevallo Police Department at the Department of Public Safety, Station 6155, Montevallo and Winn-Dixie at 2653 Valleydale Road in Birmingham.
Published: April 02, 2013 at 4:00 PM
By Ana Rodriguez | firstname.lastname@example.org