MASON COUNTY — It’s that time of year again when folks are encouraged to clean and clear their medicine cabinets of all expired or unused prescription medications.
Drug Take Back Day in Mason County will be Saturday, April 30, according to Brittni Kaylor, coordinator of the Mason County Prevention Coalition. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations — the New Haven Fire Station and the Mason County Courthouse parking lot in Point Pleasant.
Kaylor said people can turn in any prescription pills or patches for safe disposal, with no questions asked. A container will be made available at each location and those participating simply drop the medications into it. Labels may be removed from the bottles, if desired.
“We don’t want any medications ending up in the hands of the wrong person, especially our youth,” Kaylor stated. “Please use this opportunity and help spread the word.”
This will mark the 11th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to the DEA website, last fall Americans turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous take back events, over 5.5 million pounds of pills have been collected and disposed of.
It has been noted that unused prescription drugs left in homes are susceptible to abuse and misuse. Former popular methods of drug disposal, namely flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, have proven both hazardous to health and the environment.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.