Fall Drug Drop-Off
Time & Location
About the Event
Webster Health and Education Network: A Drug Free Community Coalition (WHEN:DFCC), the Town of Webster and the Webster Police Department are collaborating on a drug drop-off event on Saturday, October 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, Webster. Please note that needles, sharps, syringes, and biohazards CANNOT be accepted; only pills, liquids, and ointments WILL be accepted.
No appointment is necessary. Registration is not required, but it will allow us to email you a reminder one day in advance of the event.
The event is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort meant to prevent the misuse of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over the counter medications by safely disposing of them.
These initiatives address a vital public safety and health issue. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. One in five teens have abused prescription drugs, and one in four adult opioid prescriptions results in addiction. Additionally, more than 160 children go to the emergency room daily from accidental overdose.
The DEA also reports that Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards, making events such as the October 24th drug take back a great opportunity to safely dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications.