STUDENTS FROM PANA Junior High School remind residents they can take unwanted or out-of-date drugs to Pana’s Walgreens on Saturday, Apr. 28, for safe disposal without questions. Disposal hours are 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The Pana Police Department, Taylorville Police Department and Christian County Sheriff Department along with the Christian County Prevention Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring medications for disposal to Walgreens in Pana and Taylorville and the Morrisonville Police Department at 307 SE Sixth St. on Saturday, Apr. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds – 188.5 tons – of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds – nearly 500 tons – of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Pana and Taylorville Police Departments, Christian County Sheriff Department, the Christian County Prevention Coalition and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.