Rho Pi Phi Continues to Increase Outreach for National Drug Take Back Day
Jessica Liang '14 and Brian Pham '14 shows a display of over-the-counter medications.
On October 29, professional pharmacy fraternity Rho Pi Phi hosted its annual Drug Take Back Day to promote the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is designed for people to dispose unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Although there were sites across the United States, Rho Pi Phi participated to help prevent substance abuse, promote environmental awareness, and offer over-the-counter consultations. The event, which was once poorly publicized in Stockton, is acquiring increasing attention. There are now four locations across the city to help people properly dispose of their old prescriptions.
Rho Pi Phi's Professional Fraternity Council Representative Caitlin Mizoshiri '13 discussed the importance of proper drug disposal and its direct effect on the community. "A lot of people think it's okay to flush drugs down the toilet, but it contaminates the water system." Meanwhile, throwing away medicine in the trash poses another problem. "People actually go through the trash to find prescription drugs. This event helps prevent substance abuse."
Drug Take Back Day also helped Rho Pi Phi provide more for the community. "Previously, we only collected tablets. This year, we are involved more physically than before. We also offered over-the-counter consultations," said Mizoshiri. The event saw a steady influx of people, reflecting Rho Pi Phi's success of publicizing the event.