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09/25/2014

National Drug Take Back Day

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office Office, is once again participating in the “National Take-Back Day” in an effort to remove unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous controlled substances and over the counter medications from our medicine cabinets. This event will be held this Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Take Back Event will be held at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin City Hall.  Personnel will be available to assist citizens with their drop-offs. 

The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to children and to public health and safety. This event is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

In the past, flushing medications and drugs seemed to be a safe and responsible method of disposal. We now realize that the drugs do not completely disintegrate and are contaminating our waterways. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not generally designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. The risk to the health of our waters is significant when we contribute to pollution by what we pour down our drains. This ends up in our creeks, rivers, and lakes, and it places our drinking water supply at unnecessary risk.

The National Take-Back Day program is FREE and “No Questions Asked”. The drop off location will accept pills and medications in the bottle or in a bag or other disposable container. People may remove any or all labels from the bottles or containers if they wish. The process is very easy…..simply drive up and drop them off. 

In addition to this specific event, people may use the secure drop box located at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at all times. This lock box is under 24 hour recorded video surveillance for security purposes.

Sheriff Dan Mc Clain

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