National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 28

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Residents can drop off unwanted or unused medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Save-a-Lot parking lot.

“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 and medications,” the Drug Enforcement Agency website said.

West Point Police Captain Virginia Rich said liquids, pills and any other medications will be accepted during the take back event.

Rich said the event was completely anonymous, and participants can remove the labels off of medication bottles if they would like.

“The police department will be there to package everything up and make sure the drugs and people there stay safe,” she said. “A tent will be set up, and people can drive up and drop off their meds and then go on about their day.”

Rich said the DEA will pick up the surrendered medications and properly dispose of them.

According to the DEA website, 4,145 pounds of medications were collected in Mississippi and 900,386 pounds were collected in the United States during the April 2017 event.

Rich said National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a national event to properly dispose of unwanted or unused drugs, and the next event will be in April 2018.

“The longer unwanted or unused drugs stay around, the more likely they are to get into the wrong hands, which can lead to overdoses and other bad things,” she said.

Rich said medications can not be dropped off at WPPD because the department does not have the appropriate means to dispose of them.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sub-Station on Highway 182 East in Starkville has a drug drop off box inside the driver’s license renewal office, open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., along with all other Highway Patrol offices in the state.