Coon Rapids Police offer drug take back program

For the third year, the Coon Rapids Police Department will be taking part in the drug take back program in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The event will take place at the police station, 11155 Robinson Drive N.W., Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All unused prescription medications can be brought to the police department lobby for safe disposal, according to Terry Thomton, Coon Rapids community policing officer.

“No needles, insulin pens or sharps will be accepted,” Thomton said.

The items collected at the police department are turned over to the DEA for incineration at an undisclosed location, he said.

The Coon Rapids event is part of the DEA’s National Take Back initiative.

Under the DEA national program April 27, unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions can be dropped off by the public no questions asked and at no cost.

“This is an opportunity to safely empty out your medicine cabinet of drugs you don’t need any longer or have expired, including prescription drugs that contain controlled substances,” the DEA states.

About one in eight prescription drugs contain active ingredients that the federal government limits in distribution and handles in a special, secure way, according to the DEA.

The DEA launched the take-back day program because of its concern that prescription drugs containing controlled substances are being misused and abused at alarming rates in America today, leading to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction, and making them a public safety issue.

“A factor contributing to their increased usage is their availability in the home medicine cabinet,” the DEA states.

“In many cases, medicines containing controlled substances remain in the home medicine cabinet long after therapy has been completed, thus making these easily accessible to others who would misuse or abuse them.”

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]