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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: October 12, 2016
DHSS-10-2016





MEDIA ADVISORY: DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND DEA ANNOUNCE
OCTOBER 22, 2016 AS NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IN DELAWARE


WHO:
  • Rita Landgraf, Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS)
  • Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS, Director, Division of Public Health (DPH) and Chair, Prescription Drug Advisory Committee (PDAC)
  • David Mangler, Director, Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, Department of State (DOS)
  • Shawn R. Ellerman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Field Division
  • Betsy Jones, Ed.D., atTAcK addiction, Kent County chapter
WHAT: Accidental poisonings, including the abuse of prescription drugs, now kills more Delawareans than car crashes. DHSS, DEA, and partners will announce plans for the upcoming Saturday, October 22, 2016 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Delaware. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors the national initiative, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 27 statewide collection sites. Since 2010, Delaware has collected 59,686 lbs. pounds of expired and unused medicines through its Drug Take-Back Days. Speakers will also discuss new Prescription Monitoring Program regulations, efforts to educate providers about opioids, and treatment options and resources for substance addicted Delawareans.
WHY: Safe disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications protects groundwater, reduces addiction and prevents overdoses, and keeps prescription medications out of the hands of people who seek to abuse them. According to DPH's preliminary 2015 data, 198 Delawareans died from accidental and intentional drug poisonings that year, compared to 189 deaths in 2014. National surveys show that almost two-thirds of people misusing painkillers are getting them from family and friends including raiding medicine cabinets, purses, and drawers. Additionally, DEA statistics show that eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers.
WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2016, 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: New Delaware State Police Troop 3 - Community Room
3759 S. State Street
Camden, DE 19934
Location Phone: 302-697-4454
QUESTIONS: 302-744-4704. For more details about Delaware's Drug Take-Back Day, visit www.delawarehealthyhomes.org or call 800-882-9539.

A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit http://delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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