Police host prescription drug take-back day Oct. 29

Fayetteville police, in association with Project Right Choice, will participate in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The department will host a drug drop-off location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Washington County Courthouse at 280 N. College Ave. for the collection of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription or over the counter medications.

The idea behind the program is to get the potentially dangerous drugs out of households, and out of the reach of teens and children.

From the release

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

According to police, no questions will be asked of participants in the drop-off program.