|Sheriff collecting unused, unwanted prescription drugs|
|Monday, October 14, 2013 1:41 AM|
Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of the abused drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In an effort to address this problem, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the DEA, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, will conduct the seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26.
The purpose of this National Take Back Day is to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
This initiative addresses vital safety and public health issues. Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
There were approximately 5,829 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event. All told the American Public has turned in more than 2,800,678 pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription drugs in the six National Take Back Days.
This effort has been a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.
The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office will accept prescription medication at 113 N. Market St. in Van Wert. Prescription drugs can be dropped off to the Communications Officer in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2011, more than 50 pounds of prescription drugs were turned over to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. In 2012, 84 pounds of prescription drugs were turned over. So far in 2013, more than 80 pounds of prescription drugs has already been turned over.
The sheriff’s office has already started the collection and Riggenbach also advises citizens they can drop prescription drugs off at the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at any time throughout the year.
Sheriff Riggenbach encourages everyone to turn in prescription drugs that are no longer needed or expired. People turning in prescription drugs are able to do so without any questions being asked.