Local law enforcement gears up to keep unwanted meds off the street


TAYLOR COUNTY—Prescription drug abuse can lead to a lifetime of worries, so local law enforcement will be working to collect prescription medications before they fall into the wrong hands.
United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day has been scheduled for this Saturday, October 24, and officials from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the Grafton Police Department will be set up collecting unwanted, unused or outdated medications.
Officers from the sheriff’s department will be set up at the Grafton Wal-Mart from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and this year, they have added a second location after teaming up with the community-minded folks of Taylor County Family Resources.
“This year, we are working alongside members from Family Resources, who will be handing out Deterra packets for individuals to use to property dispose of unwanted medications at home,” said Sheriff Terry A. Austin. “Once we partnered with them, we decided to utilize a second drop-off location across the street from their office, at Sonny Moran’s old service station.”
According to officials, Deterra is a drug deactivation product designed for the safe disposal of unwanted prescription.
“People will be able to use the packets between our annual Drug Take Back events,” noted Austin.
In addition, the Grafton Police Department will once again be setup outside of the Grafton Fire Department to accept medications so that they may be properly discarded.
Law enforcement officials are urging all residents to bring their unused or out of date prescription medications to the drop-off locations, so that they may be properly disposed of.
“This is just a way for us to help keep drugs off of the streets and out of the wrong hands,” voiced Grafton Police Chief Bobby Beltner. “Not only that, but it ensure that the drugs do not find their way into landfills or in the area’s watersheds.”
The event, created by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, was instituted to help prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, by allowing citizens to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.
The DEA’S Take Back Day focuses on the need to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Because prescription drug abuse continues to devastate the state’s communities, it is important for citizens and law enforcement to come together and work with local, state and federal leaders to end the epidemic.
All drugs are anonymously and conveniently disposed of. The day also lends officers the opportunity to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Austin encourages residents to participate in the event, but reminds them that if they are unable to make it to the drop-off locations on Saturday, they can utilize the Drug Take-Back Box that is located in the courthouse, next to the elevator on the first floor, outside of the sheriff’s department.
“Anyone can come down to the courthouse and dispose of their medications in the drop box here during regular business hours,” he revealed. “The box can be used to dispose of their pills only. Do not place needles or liquid medications in the box,” he voiced. “The Drug Take-Back Box is strictly for pill forms of medication.”
So, go through those medicine cabinets, gather up those unused or out of date medications and take them to the drop off location at Walmart on Saturday, so that they can be safely and properly disposed of.

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