MONTPELIER, ID & WASHINGTON, D.C. – This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Montpelier Police Department (MPD) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and MPD will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long term care facilities. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

According to Chief Greg the police department collected over 60 pounds of prescription drugs in the first nationwide Take-Back event last fall. We have worked hard with our community partner, Enough is Enough, to rid homes of potentially harmful prescription drugs and to educate everyone about the growing prescription drug abuse problem," said Chief Butler. Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse—and all too often they aren’t the last. That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.

Montpelier residents can drop off their prescriptions at Montpelier City Hall M-F between the hours of 9-5 and we will be open Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10-2.