This past Saturday the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gave the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by disposing of them at the HyVee Pharmacy in Fairfield. Jefferson County Sheriff Greg Morton said that during the event they collected 46.5 pounds topping the 41 they collected in May bringing the total to 87.5 pounds that were collected during the two drug take back days that were held this year.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons of pills.
Residents are reminded that expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be turned in any time at NuCara Pharmacy during normal business hours. NuCara Pharmacy is located at the Jefferson County Health Center, 2000 S. Main, Fairfield.