RICo Sheriff's Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

The objective of these Drug Take Back Days is to allow citizens to safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner and keep those drugs out of the hands of unauthorized persons or juveniles.

The 14th annual program is set for 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. October 28 at the police department, 25637 Michigan Ave. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous no questions asked. "This is an easy, confidential and effective way of making sure some of these drugs - and in some cases, some relatively powerful ones - will be disposed of correctly".

The Laramie County Sheriff's Department has taken in over 1,600 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs since the program inception.

On April 29, the Police Department collected 156 pounds of prescription drugs, which were then destroyed by the DEA in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

The announcement is part of the DEA's "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" initiative on Saturday, October 28, which gives people across the country the opportunity to help address opioid abuse in their communities.

The Churchill County Sheriff's Office, Fallon Police Department, the Churchill Community Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration are conducting the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday at CVS on 461 W. Williams Ave. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

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