Saturday, August 3, 2019
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
355 Vanderbilt Road, Biltmore Forest NC
On Saturday August 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Biltmore Forest Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Biltmore Forest Police Department at 355 Vanderbilt Rd in Biltmore Forest. (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event contact the Biltmore Forest Police Department at (828) 274-0822.