Residents in the Smyrna-Clayton area with unwanted medicines can dispose of them Saturday, April 26 on Drug Take-Back Day.
The unwanted, unused and expired medicines can be dropped off at Atlantic Apothecary in Smyrna from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Atlantic Apothecary is located at 100 S. Main St. in the Smyrna Health & Wellness Center.
The Smyrna Police Department is sponsoring the local site as part of the statewide initiative.
Since the first statewide Drug Take-Back event held in May 2010, Delaware's eight collection days have removed a total of 33,592 pounds of medicines from circulation. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors the National Drug Take-Back days.
Collection sites will accept prescription and over-the-county pills, liquids, and cream medications, and even pet medications. Injectables and aerosols are not included in the program, and will not be accepted. Personal information should be removed from bottles and packages.
More details are available at DelawareHealthyHomes.org or by calling (800) 882-9539.
Attorney General Beau Biden is urging Delawareans to help reduce the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse by disposing of their unneeded medications at free prescription drug take-back events such as the one this weekend.
There will be more than 30 collection sites in Delaware this weekend under the leadership of Gov. Jack Markell and his cabinet, in partnership with state and local police agencies, and healthcare organizations.
"Prescription drug abuse is a full-blown epidemic in our state," Biden said via a press release. "We're asking Delawareans to help limit illegal access to these drugs one household at a time by taking a few minutes to look through the family medicine cabinet, gather together their medications that are no longer needed, and drop them off this Saturday for safe and effective disposal."