SAVANNAH, GA (October 22, 2021) – This Saturday, Oct. 23, the Savannah Police Department will be joining with other law enforcement agencies in encouraging the public to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs in their homes as part of National Drug Take Back Day.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. In addition, improperly disposed drugs have the potential to contaminate water supplies or endanger wildlife.
The Savannah Police Department has a permanent collection site at SPD Headquarters, 201 Habersham St., where unused prescriptions can be properly disposed of every day of the year. As part of National Drug Take Back Day, the police department will also be partnering with Memorial Hospital to hold a collection event at the hospital campus, 4700 Waters Ave., 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.