Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:19PM - 213 Views
Debbie Rolen
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April 27 was 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 70 pounds of expired, unwanted, or unused medications turned in.

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

“It was a great success to have our citizens in Logan County turn this medication in. It keeps it out of our children’s hands, off the streets, and it is disposed of properly by DEA. It was great seeing our community coming out and backing this program,” said Sheriff Porter.

Last April on National Drug Take Back Day, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.

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