By Boundary County Sheriff’s Office
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. That is why Boundary County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the DEA National RX TAKEBACK day.
On Saturday April 28th from 10am until 2 pm, members of the Sheriff’s Office will be setup in front of Super One with a place for people to drop their expired or no longer used prescriptions. It will be a very simple process, no recording of what the medications are, or who dropped them off, just drive up to the Sheriffs canopy tent and drop your prescriptions in the box.
Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends- and the home medicine cabinet.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. Remember if you don’t properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one.
Any type of prescription and or over the counter medications are acceptable for drop off. Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, syringes, or medical waste are NOT allowed. We suggest that you remove any identifying information from the prescription label by either removing the label or utilizing a permanent marker to black it out.
If you are not able to come by and drop your old prescriptions off on Saturday April 28th, the Sheriff’s Office has a RX dropbox container inside the front of the Sheriff’s Office, where you can drop them off anytime. We appreciate the community support in helping get prescription pills properly disposed of so that they are not abused.