LCSD has successful turnout for 8th Annual Drug Take Back Day

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

April 25 was the 8th Annual National Drug Take Back Day and citizens around the country had the opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Medicines kept in various locations in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse and the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department had its best Take Back Day yet with 102 pounds of expired, unwanted or unused medications turned in.

The medication that was turned in was handed over to DEA to be destroyed per their guidelines, as well as federal and state laws relating to public health and the environment.

Sheriff Sonya Porter was pleased with the response to the event and said everyone is stepping up to help make a change.

“We want to especially thank Jeremy Farley and Chris Trent for all their help and support on making this happen,” says Porter. “We also want to thank everyone in Logan County that participated in this event. You are stepping up to make sure this medication doesn’t continue to fall in the wrong hands. You are making a change in our community!”

The event was a collaborative effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and the Pride In Every Community Equals Success Coalition of Logan.