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Drug Take Back Day

THE NORTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE THE PUBLIC ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PREVENT PILL ABUSE AND THEFT BY RIDDING THEIR HOMES OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS EXPIRED, UNUSED AND UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL TAKE THOSE UNWANTED MEDICATIONS TOMORROW FROM 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  THIS INITIATIVE ADDRESSED A VITAL PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE.  MEDICINES THAT LANGUISH IN HOME CABINETS ARE HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO DIVERSION, MISUSE AND ABUSE.  LAST APRIL AMERICANS TURNED IN 552 THOUSAND POUNDS OR 276 TONS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT OVER 56 HUNDRED SITES OPERATED BY THE DEA AND NEARLY 43 HUNDRED STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS.  IN ITS FOUR PREVIOUS TAKE BACK EVENTS, THE DEA AND ITS PARTNERS TOOK IN OVER 1.5 MILLION POUNDS OF PILLS.  FOUR DAYS AFTER THE FIRST EVENT, CONGRESS PASSED THE SECURE AND RESPONSIBLE DRUG DISPOSAL ACT OF 2010 THAT AMENDS THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT TO ALLOW AN ULTIMATE USER OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE MEDICATIONS TO DISPOSE OF THEM BY DELIVERING THEM TON ENTITIES AUTHORIZED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO ACCEPT THEM.  THE NORTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL HAVE BOXES SET UP AT THE OFFICE FROM TEN TILL TWO TOMORROW.  THIS SERVICE IS FREE AND ANONYMOUS, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.