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Posted on: April 17, 2014

DHSS Secretary Landgraf and County Executive Tom Gordon to discuss importance of Drug Take Back Day

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services 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. (List attached.) For more details on Delaware’s Drug Take-Back Day, go to 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.


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