National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday
COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - April 25, 2019 (LSN) Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Cook County residents are encouraged to participate in the Sheriff’s Office Prescription Drug Take-Back event by dropping off unused or expired medications at Cook County Law Enforcement Center located at 143 Gunflint Trail.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
“Unused or expired prescription drugs can lead to poisoning, overdose and abuse,” said Chief Deputy Will Sandstrom. “Cleaning out medicine cabinets and ridding homes of unneeded medication greatly contributes to the prevention of pill abuse. Medications that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, misuse and abuse.”
Safe disposal saves lives and protects the environment. Please dispose of unused and expired prescription or non-prescription drugs responsibly:
- Do not leave them lying around unattended.
- Do not throw them in the trash or down the sink.
- Do not flush them down the toilet.
National Prescription Drug Take Back events take place in April and October each year and continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens.
“The medication drop-box is available in the lobby of the local Law Enforcement Center 365-days-a-year for anyone to turn in unwanted medication, at any time, but we especially want to raise awareness during the April and October national take-back events,” said Chief Deputy Sandstrom.
This initiative is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The medications will be accounted for with the DEA and incinerated.
Needles or sharps cannot be accepted. Do not include needles with any medications which are being disposed of.