Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

Saturday is your chance to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs at the Drug Take Back event in Sheridan. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that nearly one-third of people ages 12 and over who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically.

In an attempt to thwart the problem of prescription drug abuse, law enforcement agencies nationwide take part in a prescription drug take back day twice a year. The event will take place from 10 to 2 Saturday in the Walgreens parking lot in Sheridan. Sheridan Police Administrative Services Manager Jenifer Shassetz says that instead of listing what will and will not be accepted, it's easier if people just bring their unused or expired medications down to Walgreens.

Shassetz said that the amount of drugs collected seems to grow each year.

Shassetz wanted to remind people that if they can't make it to the collection site Saturday, they can drop off any unused or expired medications at the Police Department in Sheridan Monday through Friday between 8 and 5. She stated that after hours, people need to call dispatch so that they can open the door to allow access to the drug drop-off box.

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