Dangerous, unused, unwanted prescription drugs can be disposed of Saturday

25 April, 2018, 16:08 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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They add, however, there are restrictions on what can be disposed of. Environmental and health officials now caution against this practice, citing possible contamination of water supply and ease of access for individuals seeking these types of substances for nefarious purposes.

"The majority of these prescription drug abusers are getting their drugs from friends and families and that's including the home medicine cabinet", says Brad Byerley with Louisiana's Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA reports that it has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (or 2,100-plus tons) of medication at more than 6,000 sites manned by law enforcement partners throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several USA territories.

The 15th Drug Take Back event will be held Friday and Saturday.

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The average age of first use for non-medical use of prescription medications in Pontotoc County is 13 years, according to local youth surveys.

Residents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets. Johnson County residents can visit the following locations to utilize free, permanent drug-take back services on this special day: Johnson County Sheriff's Department, Mountain City Police Department, Shady Valley Fire Department and Butler Fire Department.

In our area, more than 300 law enforcement agencies are taking part with the hope of preventing abuse of prescription opioids and over-the-counter drugs. This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by nearly 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies will be open 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. local time.

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