National Drug Take Back Day Locations Around the Local Area
According to the 2018 Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study also showed that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often times from the home medicine cabinet. The national drug take back initiative has been set in place to keep prescription medications from getting in the wrong hands.
The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention wants to encourage residents in Calhoun County to get rid of all unwanted, unused, or expired medication during this year’s National Drug Take Back Day. This initiative was created to help put an end to drug addiction and overdose deaths. Drug Take Back Day also helps prevents expired or unwanted medication getting into the hands of children.
Prevention Specialist, Iesha Crook says that it is dangerous to dispose of unwanted or expired drugs down the drain and into your water supply and that all prescription drugs are should be taken to a drop off location for proper disposal.
National Drug Take Back Day will be this Saturday, October 26th, the participating locations in Calhoun and Cleburne Counties are shown on your screen. Last year, the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention collected more than 260 pounds of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs.
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Unit are also joining forces to ask residents to participate in the drug take back initiative. Drop off locations will be in the parking lots of the East Gadsden Walmart, Attalla Walmart, and the Etowah County Courthouse on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.