04-18-11 Plan to participate in the nationwide drug take-back
This spring, Boise Police will join DrugFree Idaho, the Drug
Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement partners
to 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., BPD and its
partners will participate in the National Prescription Drug
Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions
Boise City residents are encouraged to take advantage of this
valuable opportunity, go through their medicine cabinets and
turn-in their unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal
at the front steps of the Idaho Capitol Building, 700 West
Last September, Ada County residents turned in over 400 pounds
of prescription drugs at
several sites located throughout the Treasure Valley. We hope to
collect even more this spring by adding additional collection
points in Garden City, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna and Middleton.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health
issue. Medicines left 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.
This event gives us an unprecedented opportunity to educate
everyone in our community about the growing prescription drug abuse
problem - and to offer a solution. Studies have shown that,
for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they
abuse-and all too often they aren't the last.
Please help us make a difference on Saturday, April 30th.
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal
from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM downtown at the Capitol steps.