Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf will be joined by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, two Red Clay school nurses, a family physician and a young person in recovery as they discuss the importance of the April 26 Drug Take-Back Day in terms of reducing the risk for young people from diverting prescription drugs for illicit personal use.
A 2010 National Survey on Drug Use & Health found that 55 percent of individuals age 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months obtained the drug from a relative or friend “for free.” In a 2011 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse survey of teens, 23 percent said they knew at least one friend or classmate who used prescription drugs without a prescription to get high. In the 2011 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16 percent of high school students thought there was no risk or only a slight risk in taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed for them.
The April 26 Drug Take-Back Day -- from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 31 locations across the state -- offers an opportunity for Delawareans to safely dispose of unwanted, unnecessary or expired medications. Through the previous eight Drug Take-Back Days, Delawareans have dropped off a total of 33,592 pounds of unwanted medications.
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, April 21WHERE: New Castle County Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Highway, New CastleWHO: Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Health and Social Services New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (invited) Rep. Michael Barbieri Family physician (invited) Rebecca King, Red Clay School District school nurse Megan Fioravanti, Red Clay School District school nurse Young person in recoveryDETAILS: In Delaware, there will be 31 collection sites for April 26. (List attached.) For more details on Delaware’s Drug Take-Back Day, go to www.delawarehealthyhomes.org or call (800) 882-9539. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors the National Drug Take-Back Days.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.