54 pounds of drugs collected during eventPublished 10:29am Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Before Saturday’s Drug Take-Back event in Wetumpka was half over, organizers had already collected two boxes of unwanted and expired prescription medications. The pace remained steady until the end of the four-hour intake.
“We took in a total of 54 and a half pounds of medication,” said Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon.
The Wetumpka Police Department was among the agencies nationwide participating in the seventh Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in three years.
“It’s important for citizens to bring their outdated, unused prescriptions to us to destroy,” said Dixon. “Our goal is to keep these type of drugs out of harm’s way for children. We cannot stress enough the dangers of having medication around children who may or may not be supervised.”
The program is confidential and no personal information is collected.
The DEA, in partnership with local-level groups, has organized six previous take-back days across the country. The national effort is aimed at preventing medications from causing harm to others and to the environment.