National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

unused drugsThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Although no official event is planned in Mason County, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Mason County Department of Public Health, Mason County Hospital Districts, and Mason County Fire District #2 established a Drug Take Back Program in late 2010. There are two locations to properly dispose of unwanted medicines. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has a drug take back receptacle at its main office located at 322 North Pine Street in Shelton and at Mason County Fire Protection District #2, Station One, located at 460 NE Old Belfair Highway, Belfair. These drug take back receptacles are available to the public 24 hours a day and provide an environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted drugs. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high–more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to surveys of users.