The National Prescription Drug Take Back day event for Rooks County will be held in the main parking lot of the Rooks County Health Center (RCH) on Saturday, April 28 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Rooks County Sheriff’s Department is sponsoring a local effort to help area residents safely dispose of unwanted medicines as part of a nationwide effort to educate the public on the dangers of uncontrolled prescription drugs.
Any outdated or unwanted drugs, prescription or over the counter, can be dropped into the bin that will be provided on the day of the take back. There are no forms to fill out and no questions asked.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Non-narcotic and non-prescription drugs may also be dropped off during the event. The proper disposal of all drugs helps eliminate the possibility of pharmaceuticals entering the environment through draining into watersheds or seeping into groundwater sources.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths as well as protect the environment from pharmaceutical contamination.