Cabinets full of expired or unneeded medications? Not sure what to do with them? The Portage County Sheriff’s Office can help.
It turns out that this Saturday, October 29th, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with Portage County Water Resources Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, is giving the public an opportunity to safely discard unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29, Portage County residents may bring unused or expired medications to the Portage County Water Resources Laboratory facility at 8116 Infirmary Road in Shalersville.
As noted in the news story from the Record Courier last week, the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, and addresses a vital issue.
Portage County Sheriff, Dave Doak noted that: “Medicines that are stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse,” he said. “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.”
“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”
Local law enforcement agencies such as the sheriff’s office and the DEA plan to hold prescription drug take-back events semi-annually.