Event to take drugs off streets
by Elane Jones
Apr 26, 2013 | 1041 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Winston County Sheriff’s Office will be taking part in the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, which is aimed at providing a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of unused medications while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of those medications.

This year’s Take Back Day in Winston County will be held at the Gateway Pharmacy in Double Springs and the Walmart Pharmacy in Haleyville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The service is free and anonymous.

“This will be just for individuals — we will not be taking medications from pharmacies, nursing homes or doctors offices,” Lt. Wes Brown of the Winston County Sheriff Office said. “This take back program is being held to help take unwanted narcotics off the street.”

In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications and removed them from circulation.

Brown said the initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues because medications left unused in home cabinets can create diversions, misuse, and abuse.

“The rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States is alarmingly high and the rates of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs even more so,” Brown said. “And the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and home medicine cabinets.”

Americans have been advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — also pose potential safety and health hazards.

“This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications,” Brown said. “And the program also helps reduce the threat of accidental overdoses in children.”

For more information on the Drug Take Back Day Initiative, call 1-800-882-9539 or visit www.dea.gov.