Once again, the national drug drop day was a huge success for the Sheriff’s Office. During the four hour event, people came by one of the three locations throughout the county and dropped off unused, unwanted or expired medications. “These types of medications are a public safety issue which could result in accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse” as stated by Sheriff Dan Mc Clain.
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.
Upon conclusion of the event, the drugs were weighed and participants counted. Detective Rick J. Barrett, whom is in charge of the local program, said that he was extremely pleased with the turnout on Saturday; 39 vehicles delivered 68 pounds of medications. The drugs were taken to Indianapolis today (Tuesday) and turned over to the DEA for disposal.
Sheriff Mc Clain said that these types of medications can also be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office anytime; there is a blue drop box located in the Sheriff’s Office, just inside of the door.