By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday, April 27. If you have any unused or expired medications turn them over to officers that day for proper disposal.
The sheriff’s office will have a collection booth set up at the Dublin Walmart, 5225 Alexander Road, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said his department has participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take-Back event several years and “the program has been quite successful.”
The sheriff’s office received 50 pounds of drugs during a Take-Back held at the Dublin Walmart this past fall. At that time, Davis said the program “is a great example of law enforcement and citizens working together” to combat drug misuse and abuse.
The purpose of the nationwide program is to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or wanted so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands being abused or misused. It also prevents environmental contamination that can result from drugs being disposed of in toilets or the landfill.
Drugs collected during the Take Backs are logged by type and dosage and then turned over to the DEA for proper disposal through incineration. No questions are asked and no names are taken from the person turning the drugs over for disposal.
In April 2012, 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of prescription drugs were turned in nationwide. Take Backs are held twice a year – in the spring and in the fall.
Since it’s inception in 2010, the Take-Back program has safely eliminated over 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of pills nationwide.
Pulaski Community Partners Coalition also will hold a Take Back at Food City in Pulaski between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 27.