Martha SparksSociety Editor
October 14, 2012
During Take Back Drug Day held Saturday, September 29, Logan County residents returned 57 pounds of drugs to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) for proper disposal.
The LCSD had taken their command unit to Walmart at Fountain Place Mall.
“We took the command unit up there because it is convenient for the public,” said Chief Deputy Sonya Porter. “On the weekends, it’s not as busy in town and the courthouse is closed, so we thought to make it work better was to take it to where the public was.”
The reasoning has worked well. Porter said the first few years of the Take Back Drug Days were not as productive as this year.
“This is our fifth time of doing this, and every time we’ve done it, it has continually grown,” said Porter. “I think the first time was about seven pounds, then 11 pounds, and then 17 pounds, and this time, on September 29, we had 57 pounds.”
Porter said the drugs filled four trash bags.
“That’s the huge trash bags,” said Porter. “And they were picked up that day by a representative of the Department of Environmental Protection and they take it to a hospital that they work with that incinerates the drugs.”
Porter said the state doesn’t break down the amount of drugs received by category.
“The drugs are a mixture of narcotics, pain medications, nerve pills, antibiotics and over the counter drugs,” said Porter.
This year, state wide, there was more than a ton of drugs taken in to be properly disposed of.
“The agency advised me that there was 2,771 pounds taken in statewide,” said Porter.
Porter said a lot of the drugs come from families who have had a member pass away.
“They don’t know what to do with the Oxycotin or Lortab,” said Porter. “They just want it out of their house.”
Porter said Take Back Drug Day is a great program.
“It keeps people from flushing drugs down the drain and contaminating our water system and they are disposed of in a proper fashion,” said Porter.
Porter said the Sheriff’s Department will accept unused or leftover drugs at any time throughout the year.
“The DEA has allowed us to take drugs in and we have a Take Back box in one of our evidence rooms that we control,” said Porter. “This time we had several individuals who did that, they just wanted the drugs out of the house now. That box is then incorporated into the annual Take Back Drug Day.”