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09/24/2012

Scott County Drug Take Back

Scott County Take Back Initiative

Introduction

On September 29, 2012, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office will coordinate a collaborative effort focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  This take – back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.  This one – day effort will bring focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.  The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.    

Sponsored by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office.  This is a drive – up event.  There is no need to leave your vehicle.

Medication products should never be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open or thrown in the trash, because:

  • They can contaminate the environment if they get into the drinking and ground water.
  • They may kill bacteria or produce drug resistance bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems if flushed down the drain.
  • Burning can release toxic pollutants into the air.
  • They can be scavenged from your trash receptacles to be illegally used or sold. 
  • They can be taken mistakenly and cause serious health problems. 

Here are some of the items the Expired Drug Toss organizers are encouraging residents to bring in:

  • Expired or unused medications
  • Bulk or loose tablets and capsules
  • Medications that should have been kept cold but were not

Items NOT accepted at Drug Toss Events:

  • Due to safety measures, we cannot receive sharps (needles)
  • Used or unused sharps, hypodermic needles & lances
  • Cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items

Due to the volume of drugs brought to our sites, we ask that immediately before bringing your medications to one of our sites, place all tablets and capsules into a zip – lock bag.  Vials (with personal information marked out) should be placed into another bag / container.  Also, place bottled liquids and tubes of medication into separate bags.

This will help us process everything more quickly.   

For the safety of your family, please keep all medications, properly closed in their original child – resistant containers and transfer to bags immediately prior to your visit. 

NO CLINICS, MEDICAL OFFICES or PHARMACIES PLEASE

    The drive – up location will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on September 29, 2012

  • The Scott County Sheriff’s Department
  • 111 South First Street
  • Scottsburg, Indiana  47170
  • 812.752.8400
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