Prescription drug roundup set for Saturday
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Partnership of Community Resources, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will conduct a prescription drug roundup 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
The roundup is to get unused and unwanted prescription medications out of medicine cabinets – where they can be stolen or abused – and safely disposed, said Sgt. Jim Haley.
“A majority of teens who abuse prescription medications secretly obtain them from medicine cabinets of friends or relatives. We want to reduce the availability of access to these drugs by reducing or eliminating the quantity of old medications in peoples’ homes,” he said.
Halsey said people may be unsure how to dispose of old prescription medications, so they dump them down the sink or flush them down the toilet. These substances can end up in the water table, where they can contaminate the water supply and the environment, he said.
The sheriff’s office, Partnership of Community Resources and federal agency are providing an opportunity for the public to bring old medications, pills and liquids to a convenient location to be collected and safely destroyed. Pet medications may also be turned in.
No syringes or EpiPens will be accepted or collected, Halsey said.
No questions will be asked of the donors, Halsey said, and personal information should be crossed out on the packaging.
A uniformed sheriff’s deputy, two volunteers from Citizens Patrol and a member of the Partnership will be stationed at each collection point.
Last year, 115 pounds of drugs were collected including codeine, Darvocet, hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium and Diazepam, Halsey said..