DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day

3/26/2019

Sherman Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 27 at the Sherman Police Station

On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sherman Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Sherman Police Station at 2629 East Andrew Road.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, go to www.DEATakeBack.com. Please note that while this is a special promotional date, the Village offers 24/7 disposal of prescription drugs via the disposal vault located in the lobby of the Police Station. More information is available on the Village Website www.shermanil.org under the police department.