HARRISON COUNTY – Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers is announcing, as spring time is here, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the 16th National Prescription Drug Take-Back fall event.
Locally, the event will be held on two separate days: April 27 and May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Custer Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy in Cadiz, and from 9 a.m. to noon, at Neimayer Pharmacy in Scio.
Each location will accept any unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. No liquids will be accepted.
Sheriff Myers stated. “Safe disposal of the drugs is important for numerous reasons.”
According to Sheriff Myers the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many residents are not aware when medicines languish in home cabinets they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash can – both potential safety and health hazards.
The October event in 2018 brought in 914,236 pounds (457.12 tons) at close to 5,839 sites across the nation, with 4770 law enforcement agencies participating. Marking the 16th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 10,878,950 pounds of prescription drugs.
“Prescription drug abuse is a problem everywhere. It is huge and this provides a great opportunity for folks around the county to help reduce the threat,” Myers said. “I encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.” This will help reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country and our county due to opioid medications.
Sheriff Myers wants to remind everyone that there is also a drop box at rite aid at Cadiz and also in his lobby which is open 24 hours a day for anyone who need to drop off any other time.
For additional information, you may visit DEA.gov or contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at 740-942-2197.