Dear Dr. David R.,
The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is pleased to announce a brand new grant program for law enforcement agencies across the country. Thanks to Endo Pharmaceuticals, NADDI has obtained funding to provide 100 prescription drug take back boxes to distribute nationally. The boxes will be provided free to those agencies that are successful in their grant application.
The boxes, which are pictured in this release, are designed to be secured inside law enforcement facilities that will provide a depository for unwanted prescription drugs from households. NADDI continues to strongly support law enforcement-backed prescription take back programs but realizes that unwanted pharmaceuticals may remain in the household for months before those programs are available. Every day those remain in the households they become a potential target for those who would abuse the drugs, in particular our nation’s youth.
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 information can be gained by going to www.rxdrugdropbox.org
Charlie Cichon, Executive Director
John Burke, President