Prescription drug turn-in scheduled
“The drug take-back event is an opportunity for citizens to partner with the sheriff’s office to keep dangerous substances off our streets, away from our families and out of our water,” said Sheriff Jack Crabtree.
Last September, Americans turned in half a million pounds of prescription drugs at 5,200 sites. In five previous turn-in events, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with thousands of state and local law enforcement agencies, more than 2 million pounds were disposed of.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The partner agencies plan to continue staging turn-ins every few months.