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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: April 17, 2014


WHAT: DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf will be joined by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, two Red Clay school nurses, a family physician and a young person in recovery as they discuss the importance of the April 26 Drug Take-Back Day in terms of reducing the risk for young people from diverting prescription drugs for illicit personal use. A 2010 National Survey on Drug Use & Health found that 55 percent of individuals age 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months obtained the drug from a relative or friend "for free." In a 2011 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse survey of teens, 23 percent said they knew at least one friend or classmate who used prescription drugs without a prescription to get high. In the 2011 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16 percent of high school students thought there was no risk or only a slight risk in taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed for them.

The April 26 Drug Take-Back Day -- from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 31 locations across the state -- offers an opportunity for Delawareans to safely dispose of unwanted, unnecessary or expired medications. Through the previous eight Drug Take-Back Days, Delawareans have dropped off a total of 33,592 pounds of unwanted medications.
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, April 21
WHERE: New Castle County Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle
WHO: Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Health and Social Services
New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon
Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (invited)
Rep. Michael Barbieri
Family physician (invited)
Rebecca King, Red Clay School District school nurse
Megan Fioravanti, Red Clay School District school nurse
Young person in recovery
DETAILS: In Delaware, there will be 31 collection sites for April 26. For more details on Delaware's Drug Take-Back Day, go to www.delawarehealthyhomes.org or call (800) 882-9539. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors the National Drug Take-Back Days.

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.