LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Saturday September 27, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in the 7th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Sheriff’s Department is taking initiative to provide the community with a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs.
Residents of Livingston County are encouraged to visit either East Avon Fire Department, Geneseo Fire Department or Dansville Fire Department on Sept. 27 2014 between 10am and 2pm to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.
“The purpose of this event is for anyone to safely dispose of unused or old prescription drugs. This is completely confidential and no personal information will be obtained,” stated Sheriff Dougherty in a press release. “It is very important to get these drugs disposed of properly, as it ensures they do not end up in the wrong hands.”
National Prescription Drug Take-Back day was created by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to a press release by the DEA the first Prescription Take-Back Day in 2010 resulted in the disposal of 121 Tons of unwanted prescription drugs nationally. Last year’s Take-Back day resulted in a staggering 371 tons of prescription drugs collected.
More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs according to the 2008 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. According a recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.
This is particularly alarming as the survey of users cites that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Taking medications from family medicine cabinets could improve the startling number of teen use. Approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.