‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ set for Saturday

Staff reports

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies nationwide for another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to provide a venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said his office will participate in the one-day effort on Saturday, April 30 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., by serving as a drop-off point for citizens to discard expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications for destruction. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The drop-off point will be located to the rear of the Sheriff’s Office Annex building, located at 110 W. Market St. in Washington Court House (across from the Huntington Bank drive-thru).

These events give residents a safe disposal method for unwanted prescription drugs which is aimed at reducing the potential hazards/misuse of these drugs if they fall into the wrong hands.

Citizens across the United States continue to respond overwhelmingly to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Days. The last event held on Sept. 26, 2015 yielded over 700,000 pounds of prescriptions drugs from 3,800-plus drop-off locations nationwide. Since these events began in September of 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency reports that over five million pounds of unused/expired prescription medications have been received for disposal.

Stanforth also reminds citizens that a permanent prescription drug drop-off box is located in the lobby area of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 113 E. Market St. in Washington Court House and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for disposal needs.

Questions concerning the event can be directed to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (740)335-6170. A list of collection sites in other communities can be found by visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration website at www.dea.gov

Staff reports