A prescription drug take back event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse and at Racine Park.
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, along with Stop Watch and the REgional Family Resource Network are offering this program to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, according to event organizers.
Residents can drop unused, unwanted and expired medications into boxes provided anonymously. The box will then be properly disposed of by incineration.
“The ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ provides a safe way for out community to dispose of the unwanted medicines they have in their homes,” said DEA Washington Special Agent in Charge Ava A. Cooper-Davis. “It is an alarming statistic that nearly one in five teens has tried prescription medication to get high. Working together with all of our partners, this effort will help to eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families in a safe, legal and environmentally sound way.”
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, officials added.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
“In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away,” Cooper-Davis said. “Both of these methods create potential safety and health hazards.”
For more information on this event, please contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 304-369-7340.