Third Drug Take-Back Day a success

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson is proud to announce that on Saturday, Sept. 29, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and its partners held the third Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at several sites throughout Carver County.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “Americans participating in DEA’s four previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds—almost 774 tons—of prescription drugs, most recently at almost 5,700 sites operated by nearly 4,300 of the DEA’s local law enforcement partners. DEA’s last event collected more than double the pills as their first event two years ago, with almost 50 percent more participating agencies and sites this past April than in September of 2010.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to 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 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

On Saturday citizens were able to dispose of unwanted and expired medications through the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Drug Take Back Initiative is a joint effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Office of Justice, Carver County Public Health, Carver County Office of Aging, TRIAD, Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Carver County Attorney’s Office and the cities of Chanhassen, Waconia and Cologne.

Each location collected the following number of boxes: Chanhassen 13, Waconia 5, Cologne 1, Chaska PD 5, Chaska Permanent Site (CCSO Lobby) 10 for a total of 34 boxes.
“Our third Medicine Take Back Event was another success. We collected 34 boxes (186.5 pounds) of unwanted medications. This provided a location so that our citizens could remove unwanted medications from their homes and dispose of them in a safe, secure manner,” said Sheriff Jim Olson. “Since our first event last fall, we have collected over 689 pounds or 70 boxes of unwanted medications from our take back events.”

The Sheriff’s Office and its partners would also like to remind everyone that there is a permanent drop box located in the lobby of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office that is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. Sheriff Olson would like everyone to know that the next take back date is tentatively in April or May of 2013. Sheriff Olson would like to thank everyone who has utilized this service.

For more information please go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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