Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and Hopkins County Deputies will be in the parking lot at Atwoods, 817 Gilmer Street, to take back any prescription medications you may have in your home that you wish to discard. Deputies and Sheriff’s Posse members will be at the location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is the 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The discarded medications will be taken to Tyler Monday for disposal.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, the 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.