Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day is Oct. 27. This Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance (SISAA) is working with many locations in Randolph and Washington County to provide a safe and secure place for individuals to dispose of any unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications in their home on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These sites will also remain available year round.

Drop off locations include: Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Chester, Sparta, Red Bud and Coulterville Police Departments in Randolph County, along with Doehrings Pharmacy and the Washington County Sheriff’s office in Nashville.

The DEA’s Take Back Day event provides an opportunity for citizens to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

If anyone has any questions, please contact Dennis Trask of the Human Service Center at d.trask@humnservicegroup.com or (618) 282-6223.