Scott County Drug Take Back

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Scott County Drug Take Back Drive-Through Event at Wal-Mart this Saturday

Free and anonymous, no questions asked!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Scott County will be holding its next Drive Through Take Back Day on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot.

This is one of the locations within Indiana that will be sponorsed by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. Why? Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

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, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

Previous Take Back Days spread over the past four years have brought in nearly 400 tons of pills at over 6000 collections sites across the U.S. “The DEA Prescription Drug Take Back events provide a much needed and valued service to our Scott County residents, while also reducing prescription drug abuse and trafficking,” said CEASe and Rx Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator Lori Croasdell.

This event is being sponsored by CEASe, the Scott County Partnership, the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, Scottsburg Police Department, and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.

 

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