SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 26, 2014, AT THREE LOCATIONS: THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, STEWART’S PHARMACY IN AUSTIN AND LEROY’S GROCERY IN LEXINGTON
[SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA] – On April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to any of the three sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,683 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. 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.