NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
On Saturday, 30 April 2011, the George County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The purpose of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to provide a venue for persons wanting to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
On 25 September 2010, the 1st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, this effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinet. Approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in the event. The American public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on this first National Take Back Day.
Sheriff John Keel believes that this is an important event that is a safe way to remove old and unused prescription drugs from George County homes. “Many prescription drugs could be deadly if they fall into the hands of children. Several types of prescription drugs are also sold on the street. I believe this DEA program is a good way to safely and legally dispose of these drugs” said Sheriff Keel.
This event will take place in the Wal-Mart parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. near the Murphy gas station. All drugs collected will be turned over to the D.E.A. and destroyed in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.