Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will, once again, team up to host a Drug Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Brookshire’s parking lot.
The agencies every six months host these collection sites to give the public an opportunity to properly dispose of unused or expired medications and help prevent prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse.
“Prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse is a big problem. The illusion is that doctors and pharmacist give us the medications so it makes it safer than illicit drugs. The problem with that theory is that medical professionals take into consideration the individual that is being prescribed the medication. So, when a person takes someone else's medication, not only is it illegal for them to have, but also very dangerous,” explained HCSO D.A.R.E. Sgt. Brad Cummings, local coordinates.
Hopkins County has collected a total of 555.5 pounds of medication since the first collection in April 2011, Cummings said.
The way the initiative works is that people bring pill, liquid or patch medications to be disposed of in a cardboard receptacle during the event. The drugs are then collected by the DEA for incineration. No needles or inhalers are accepted.
“I would also like to stress that Brookshire's will not be accepting any medications for this event,” Cummings emphasized. “Please bring your medications on the Saturday of the event. Please do not take them to Brookshire's because they will not be able to accept the disposal of any medications.”
Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs Fire Departments also will be on scene with fire trucks to provide fire safety for children and adults, the HCSO D.A.R.E. car will be on display, the Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse will be available to give any information about the group, there will be a Hopkins County Sheriff's vehicle on display for the kids to look at and At Home Health will provide blood pressure checks.
For more information about the National Drug Take Back Initiative visit www.dea.gov, click on “press room,” “events,” then the “Got Drugs?” button. Any questions can be directed to Cummings at Hopkins County Sheriff's Office at 903-438-4040 or 298 Rosemont St.
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