The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Sheriff’s Department in Pittsboro will accept all medications for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 as part of National Take Back Drugs Day.
Deputy Kenneth White said expired/unused drugs will be accepted, “no questions asked” so that they may be disposed of properly.Calhoun countians turned in more than 80 pounds of prescription drugs during last year’s event. White said ridding these drugs from county homes is a vital public safety and public health issue.
“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” White said. “Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”
Recent studies suggest 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.
For more information you may email Deputy White at firstname.lastname@example.org.