This is the second such program held this year. However, this time those bringing in medicine may remove the medication from its container and place it directly into a disposal box or dispose of it in its original container. There will be a special box for depositing the drugs. Liquids must remain in their original containers.
Participants are urged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label either by removing the label or by covering the information with a permanent marker.
Items that will not be accepted include: intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes or medical waste as well as illegal drugs.
If someone attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel will handle the material as abandoned property in accordance with department policy.
Last spring, the police officer on duty had to count, inventory or log each pill. That is not the case this year although an officer will be required to be on duty during the four-hour event.
The Sept. 25 “Take-Back” is part of a national campaign sponsored nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. Getting the unused, old drugs out of the house keeps them out of the hands of youth or others tempted to take them.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent