Local agencies participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

30 April, 2018, 11:58 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Local authorities take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

People across the Southland can get rid of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs Saturday by dropping them off at designated collection sites during the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Last October, in New Jersey alone, residents turned in 14,527 pounds of prescription drugs with the help of state and local law enforcement partners.

Police say the drugs go through a chain of custody before being placed in barrels of gasoline to be destroyed. To try and lower these numbers, the Drug Enforcement Administration set forth a nationwide Drug Take-Back day. "They got them over 70 percent of the time from a family member or a friend", said Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel.

"I don't know the current statistics, but I recently heard a statistic that we lost more in a year due to the prescription drugs than through the whole Vietnam War, and that kind of stood out to me", says Corporal Hattaway.

If you missed this years take back, but still want to dispose of old prescriptions, most County Sheriff's Department's have a box at their facility dedicated to this. Nearly every local police department now has a prescription drop off box in their lobby and it is typically available 24/7. "I believe one of the major reasons is because we're getting opioids out of people's medicine cabinets and that's why this program is so valuable".

"We're not out to get people in trouble for disposing of it properly", he said.

Boardman Police Department filled four boxes and Canfield filled about two.

Volunteer nurses from Maine Medical Center saw a steady stream of business Saturday at the Back Cove parking lot in Portland as dozens of people dropped off their unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

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