FAIRBURY — On Saturday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office joined hundreds of other townships in the country inviting residents to drop off prescription drugs at police headquarters, to be safely destroyed. The day-long event saw residents of Jefferson County deposit 148 pounds of prescription pills, before they were taken to the St. Louis branch of the DEA to be destroyed.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs at more than 9,600 sites operated by the DEA and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s national take back initiative began in September, 2010. The Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office plans to take part in the next Take-Back Day is scheduled for Fall 2018, but Jefferson County residents are invited to dispose of their prescription pills 365 days a year in the drop box inside the front door of the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center.