Fayette County Sheriff's Office Sponsors
Prescription Drug Takeback Initiative
Encouraged to Turn in Unwanted & Expired Prescriptions
October 29, 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous state
and local law enforcement agencies will give the public another opportunity to
prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous
expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to numerous sites which can be linked
by going to www.dea.gov and pulling up a
participating site near you. The
service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a site at the
McKnight Clinic located at
25 Woodbridge Rd.
TN from 10 am until 2 pm.
Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription
drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and
local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital
public safety and public health issue. Medicines
that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and
abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the
are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses
due to these drugs. Studies show
that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and
friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are
now advised that their 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.
Sheriff Bobby Riles said,
“Prescription drugs have become a huge problem for us in
. Kids as young as 10 or 11 are
taking prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets and using them
or reselling them at school.” Riles
also pointed out that prescription drugs are becoming some of the most commonly
abused drugs amongst junior high and high school aged individuals.
days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug
Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an
“ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by
delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.
The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care
facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain
instances. DEA has begun drafting
regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.
Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies and
the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few
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