[Scottsburg, Indiana] – On October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted a free service where the public was given the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
There were two locations where drugs were being collected, including: the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Stewart’s Pharmacy in Austin. A total of 58 pounds of pills and liquids were collected during the four hours.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of 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 U.S. 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.
As always, there is a drug drop box located in the lobby at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office; it’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.