09/20/2010

National Take Back Day Announced For September 25, 2010

Cherokee County is participating in the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.


This collection event was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is
locally sponsored by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Health Dept.
and Spring River WRAPS. 

This service is free and anonymous.

Collections will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 10 am until 2 pm.  Cherokee County has established three sites to provide an opportunity for the public to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications (including prescription and over-the-counter).  All types of solid medications will be collected; however, liquids, IV solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.

Please remove all personal information from the containers.

Cherokee County locations:
                                                                   Baxter Springs………….....Marvin’s IGA
                                                                   Columbus…………………Apple Market
                                                                   Galena……………………..City Hall
                                                                   
This collection event will serve two purposes.  Recent studies and surveys indicate that the misuse and abuse of prescription medications have increased substantially, particularly among teenagers, with the primary source being family and friends (including the home medicine cabinet).  Improper disposal of pharmaceuticals has also contaminated many of our waterways, impacting aquatic life.

This event will not only provide a means to reduce the availability of medications, but also proper destruction through incineration, instead of flushing into a waterway.

 

Contact:

Sheriff David Groves                                               Carl Hayes

Cherokee County Sheriff                                       Cherokee County Environmentalist

620-429-3992 or 620-848-3000                          620-674-1480

 

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