SUSSEX COUNTY – Local and state law enforcement agencies in Sussex County are among the participants in the statewide Delaware Drug Take-Back day on Saturday, April 29.
Dagsboro, Ocean View, Milton, Laurel and Rehoboth Beach police departments and Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown and Troop 7 in Lewes are among more than 30 collection locations for the drug take-back initiative, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other locations in Sussex County are the Selbyville Town Hall, Selbyville CVS Pharmacy, City of Lewes Board of Public Works, Beebe Medical Tunnell Center and Walgreens locations in Seaford and Lewes.
Some of these locations are permanent year-round collection sites.
Drug take-back day is designed to offer safe disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. Proper disposal of these drugs protects groundwater, reduces the risk of addiction, keeps prescription medications out of the hands of people who may abuse them and helps prevent drug overdoses.
Of drug overdoses in Delaware, up to 80 percent of them may involve one or more prescription drugs, according to Delaware’s Division of Public Health.
In 2016, 308 people died from overdoses in Delaware, compared to 228 in 2015 and 222 in 2014. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control reported 47,055 people died from drug overdoses in 2014, or 1.5 times greater than the number killed in car crashes.
Since 2010, Delaware has collected 65,745 pounds of expired and unused medicines through its 13 Drug Take-Back Day events.
The drug take-back program is anonymous; no questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present.
For more details about Delaware’s Drug Take-Back Day, call 800-882-9539.
Dagsboro Police Department, 33134 Main St., Dagsboro.
Delaware State Police Troop 4, 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown.
Selbyville Town Hall, 68 W. Church St., Selbyville (permanent collection site).
Ocean View Police Department, 201 Central Ave., Ocean View (permanent collection site).
Milton Police Department, 101 Federal St., Milton.
Laurel Police Department, 205 Mechanic St., Laurel (permanent collection site).
CVS Pharmacy, 36252 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville.
Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Hwy., Lewes.
Beebe Medical Tunnell Center, 18947 John Jay Williams Hwy., Rehoboth.
City of Lewes Board of Public Works, 129 Schley Ave., Lewes.
Rehoboth Beach Police Department, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth.
Walgreens, 17239 Five Points Square, Lewes (permanent collection site).
Walgreens, 22898 Sussex Hwy., Seaford (permanent collection site).
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