The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department will be accepting expired and unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office in Carlyle and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department will be accepting them anytime through Saturday at the sheriff’s office in Salem.
These take back days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The medications collected through the take-back effort are given to the DEA, which then disposes of them in a safe manner.
According to the 2012 national survey on drug use and health, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Americans participating in DEA’s six previous take-back days turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds—almost 1,409 tons—of prescription drugs, most recently at more than 5,800 sites operated by over 4,300 of DEA’s law enforcement partners.