The New Castle County Police Department announced last week that it is now collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs year round.
Seeking to continue the success of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the police agency on June 10 unveiled a new drop box in the lobby of its headquarters at 3601 North Dupont Highway in New Castle, where the public can dispose of prescription drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The drop box is first of its kind to be offered by a police agency in Delaware, county officials said.
“Anytime you see the police department reaching out and doing prevention, it’s a great thing,” County Executive Tom Gordon said. “Over the last 10 years, prescription drugs have really been a problem and I’m sure that some of those prescription drugs out on our streets have come from the home.”
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, while common methods for disposing of unused medicines – including flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose safety and health hazards.
“We’ve taken needed action to reduce the illegal diversion of these drugs into the black market and to raise awareness of this public health and criminal justice threat but more needs to be done to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of addicts and dealers,” Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said. “I applaud the New Castle County Police Department for providing Delaware consumers first permanent drop-off location where they can securely and anonymously dispose of unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs.”