Statesville Police Department Drug Take Back Events

  

The Statesville Police Department will be participating in the 2021 spring National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.  The drop off times will be from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and we have 2 collection sites available for the community to drop their old, unused, and unwanted medications.

Walgreens Pharmacy / 951 Davie Avenue

CVS Pharmacy / 3111 Taylorsville Highway

We will also be collecting sharps, including needles and syringes. 

This is a news release template from the DEA promoting the National Drug Take Back Day:

NEWS RELEASE                 

DEA Announces 20th Take Back Day

On the heels of largest collection to-date, federal, state and local partners prepare for April event

DATELINE – With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20thTake Back Day is scheduled for April 24th. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Learn more about the event atwww.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.

Author: Heather Gessler