DEA drug take back program

ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Area Task Force and St. George City Police Department will be hosting the Drug Enforcement Administration National Take Back Initiative on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Smith’s parking lot located at 20 North Bluff Street in St. George.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring in their unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

Why should you take the time to do this?

Proper disposal of unwanted medications may be a chore, but there are important reasons to do this in a safe and responsible way.

It’s your environment – PLEASE DON’T FLUSH

  • Many drugs flushed down the toilet cannot be removed by the sewer treatment plant or septic system.
  • These substances then get into our streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater and our soil and may cause harm to the environment.

Drug abuse is very common.

  • Abuse of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers, has increased among teenagers and young adults.
  • More than half of the people who abuse painkillers get the drugs from friends, relatives and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

You can make a difference!

  • Children and pets can find medicine in your home or in your trash.
  • Drugs may be taken by accident, on purpose, or illegally sold.
  • You can prevent accidental poisoning and drug abuse.

Leave medications in the original container and leave the label on.  You can black out or remove your personal information but keep the information about the medication legible.  This is a completely anonymous and free drop-off. There is no refund and medications will not be resold or used.  All medications will be destroyed through incineration.  Law enforcement officers will be present to assure compliance with federal laws regarding controlled substances as law enforcement are the only personnel who can legally take possession of controlled substances after they have been prescribed.

Please Do Not drop off needles/sharps, thermometers that can contain mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, or pressurized canisters.

The Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old or unused drugs, but if you can’t make it, you can find permanent community collection sites near you at www.useonlyasdirected.org, or www.dea.gov

Event recap

Date: Saturday, April 27

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Smith’s parking lot located at 20 North Bluff Street in St. George.

Submitted by: St. George Police Department

Email: news@stgnews.com

Twitter: @STGnews

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