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06/01/2013

2013 Rx Drug Drop Program

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) for the third consecutive year has received sponsorship from Endo Pharmaceuticals for our 2013 national Rx Drug Drop Box program.  The 2013 application process ended June 30, 2013

Most prescription medications should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown into the trash. The NADDI Rx Drug Drop Box program addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. Studies show that individuals that abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets. 

Through a grant from Endo Pharmaceuticals, the NADDI Rx Drug Drop Box program will increase the ability for patients to easily and properly dispose of unneeded, expired, or unwanted medicines. The box is in response to our successful 2011 Rx Drug Drop Box Program and Take Back events in which millions of dosage units of medicine has been collected from patients and to the growing number of expired, unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals in the home. 

There is a great need for a permanent solution in which these medicines can be properly disposed of quickly and anonymously. The secure mailbox style box can be permanently located inside law enforcement agencies where patents can walk in and deposit their unwanted, expired medicines during normal business hours.

The law enforcement agency must agree to certain guidelines to ensure that the boxes are not tampered with in any way, and to provide a regular schedule for removing the prescription drugs that are deposited by their citizens. These drugs will then be handled in the same manner that other licit and illicit drugs are handled by law enforcement, likely with a court order to destroy the unwanted medications, leading to the ultimate proper destruction.  

In addition, those agencies that are interested in additional boxes, or are not successful in the grant process, can purchase the boxes directly from NADDI and shipped to their agency. The same guidelines apply to those purchased as to those which are awarded through the grant. NADDI is also interested in the location of existing prescription drop boxes already in place by other law enforcement agencies for inclusion on our website.

Additional boxes can be purchased through NADDI at a reduced cost. Please contact NADDI President John Burke at burke@naddi.org

NADDI welcomes every agency with a drop box, not only a NADDI drop box, to send the location of their box for posting on the RxDrugDrop Box website. Please send the location to burke@naddi.org

Additional information can be gained by going to http://rxdrugdropbox.org/grants/


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