Lacey’s prescription drop box is expected to be in town by the end of December, Committeeman Dave Most said at Monday’s Municipal Alliance meeting.
Having a prescription drug collection is one method law enforcement has used to keep those drugs out of the hands of people who might misuse or abuse them. The Lacey Township Police Department has participated annually in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) take-back day collection.
The last one-day drop off collected 150 pounds of pills.
The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Two-and-a-half times more people currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. The study also said that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Purging home medicine cabinets of neglected drugs is one of the DEA’s strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion, the DEA reported in a press release.