Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Date: April 22, 2016
|WHAT:||Press conference to announce the April 30, 2016 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Delaware in which people can safely dispose of expired or unused medications at 26 locations statewide. The event will also highlight the 15 permanent medicine drop-off locations hosted by local law enforcement.|
|WHY:||Safe disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications protects groundwater, reduces the risk of addiction, keeps prescription medications out of the hands of people who seek to abuse them, and helps prevent drug overdoses. Of drug overdoses in Delaware, up to 80 percent of them may involve one or more prescription drugs. In 2013, there were 171 drug-related deaths in Delaware, or about one person every other day. Many of those overdoses were the result of heroin or prescription painkillers. Drug-related deaths in 2014 totaled 204, according to preliminary data. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the national Drug Take-Back Day initiative, which will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Since 2010, Delaware has collected 52,002 pounds of expired and unused medicines through its 11 Drug Take-Back Day events.|
|WHEN:||Monday, April 25, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m.|
Medical Society of Delaware Building and Conference Center - Lobby
900 Prides Crossing,
Newark, DE 19713 Directions: www.medsocdel.org/
|QUESTIONS:||302-744-4704. For more details about Delaware's Drug Take-Back Day, call 800-882-9539 For a list of Drug Take-Back locations, See attached.|
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, and 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.