Participants can dispose of their unneeded medication at participating drop-off locations across the United States. The public can find a nearby collection site at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539.
"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue", police said in a press release.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says heroin abuse in 19 times more likely among those who abuse prescription pain medications, half of young people who used heroin got started abusing prescription pain medications, and one in 15 people who misuse prescription opioid painkillers will try heroin within ten years.
Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.
Americans are now being advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.