On Saturday, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and numerous other law enforcement agencies across the country in the eighth drug take-back event in three years.
Hoosiers can dispose of any expired or unwanted drugs by simply taking those drugs to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and dispose of them in a designated receptacle, no questions asked. The drug take-back is for pills, capsules and liquids only. No sharps or needles will be accepted.
For those individuals who live outside of Kosciusko County, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ to determine the nearest drop-off location.
Last April, Americans turned in prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners across the U.S., according to a press release provided.
This initiative addresses a public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, the release states. Studies show that 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, the release states.