Unused prescription meds? Here’s how to safely trash them

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Health

Safely dispose of prescription medications at Delaware's 22 locations April 22.

Safely dispose of prescription medications at Delaware’s 22 locations April 22.

First Staters looking to dispose of their prescription drugs in a safe, responsible and convenient way can do so on Saturday, April 22 at 22 different locations throughout the state.

Along with proper disposal, the National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day is meant to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The country is battling an epidemic of people addicted to opioids, Delaware is third in the nation for most overdose deaths, according to the CDC. It trails West Virginia and Kentucky. Many of those addictions are related to prescription drugs.

Another goal of the day is to reduce the risk of unused prescription medications in someone’s home being diverted for misuse. 

Many times, a family member or friend will find prescription medicine in a home cabinet and steal it for personal use.  

“With the proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs, you’re ensuring that these medications don’t find their way into the wrong hands,” said Col. Wayne McFadden of the Delaware River & Bay Authority’s Police Department in a statement. 

He pointed out that no questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present, and he urged Delawareans to add this to their list of spring cleaning.

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The Division of Public Health handles Delaware’s participating in the national take-back days, which take place twice a year. This will be Delaware’s 24th time participating.

Since 2010, about 100,000 pounds of medication has been collected nationally. 

For those participating,  medications must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack or zipped plastic bag, without any labeled personal information. 

Liquid medications are required to be in their original containers. 

Vape pens and electronic cigarettes, which have boomed in popularity among teenagers, can also be disposed of if the batteries are removed from the device.

The dropoff period is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s where:

New Castle County

  • Delaware City Police Department – 407 Clinton Street, Delaware City
  • Middletown Police Department – 130 Hampden Road, Middletown
  • New Castle Airport – 151 N Dupont Highway, New Castle
  • Newark Police Department – 220 S Main Street, Newark
  • Christiana Care Surgical Center – 4755 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark
  • Wilmington Police Department – 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington
  • Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center – 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington
  • New Castle Police Department – 3601 North Dupont Highway, New Castle

Kent County

  • Camden Police Department – 1783 Friends Way, Camden
  • Dover Air Force Base – 268 Galaxy Street, Dover
  • Dover Police Department – 400 South Queen Street, Dover
  • Felton Police Department – 24 East Sewell Street, Felton
  • Smyrna Police Department – 103 South Dupont Blvd, Smyrna

Sussex County

  • Laurel Police Department – 205 Mechanic Street, Laurel
  • Lewes Police Department – 129 Schley Avenue, Lewes
  • Delaware River & Bay Authority Police Department – 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes
  • Milford Police Department – 400 Northeast Front Street, Milford
  • Milton Police Department – 101 Federal Street, Milton
  • Ocean View Police Department – 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View
  • Rehoboth Beach Police Department – 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
  • Seaford Police Department – 300 Virginia Avenue, Seaford
  • Selbyville Police Department – 1 Church Street, Selbyville

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