Bellin, GBPD to host DEA medication drop-off

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health, in partnership with the Green Bay Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, will host an unused medication drop-off on Monday, Sept. 24.

The drop-off will take place at Bellin Hospital. The event, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., allows residents to legally and safely dispose of their unused inhalers, liquids, pet medications, pills, over-the-counter items and creams. Needles, syringes and other waste are not accepted.

Participants are encouraged to bring unused medications to the drop-off site, a make-shift drive-thru service in the parking lot of Bellin’s Medical Arts Building, 704 S. Webster Ave. Signs will direct traffic through the drop-off site.

The medication drop-off is being held in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, according to the DEA’s website.

Some key facts:

•    More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
•    Each day, an estimated 2,500 teens use prescription drugs illegally for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
•    Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.