FAIRBURY – Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department is reminding the public to gather up all unwanted and unused medications for disposal. Americans are becoming more aware of the prescription drug abuse epidemic but overdoses are killing more people than ever before. A recent study found that more than half of those who are prescribed an opioid pain medication never finish the prescription, that’s when they can slip into the wrong hands. Drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused and sold illegally. They are also a danger to young children.
Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorenson will be at the Law Enforcement Center Saturday from 10-2 collecting unwanted and unused medication for disposal. If you can’t make it to the drop-off, there is always a Dropbox in the lobby of the Law Enforcement center for you to drop them off anytime.
National Drug Take-Back Day was first held in 2010 and since then more than 6.3 million pounds of medications have been collected.