ROCKY MOUNT – The Town of Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a prescription drug take back where community members can drop off unused and expired prescription medications for disposal. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 2pm at the Rocky Mount Wal-Mart and the Office of the Sheriff Westlake Substation.
Typically, local law enforcement hold take back events twice a year as part of the federal collection hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). At the last event over 200 pounds of prescription medication was turned in locally. In conjunction with the upcoming event the FRESH Prevention Coalition of Franklin County will also be donating prescription medication deactivation kits for home disposal. After using the kits, medications are rendered inactive allowing them to be safely discarded in the trash. Kits will be available at the Rocky Mount Wal-mart location only.
“The drug take backs provide a great way for the community to safely dispose of their medications. We appreciate the commitment of our local law enforcement to host these events,” commented Regina Clark, Coordinator for the FRESH Coalition. “We are especially excited to share the deactivation kits this year because this gives people an additional opportunity to get rid of their unwanted medications rather than holding on to them and risking them getting into the wrong hands.”
A permanent drop box is also located at Family Pharmacy in Rocky Mount where unwanted medications can be disposed of year round during business hours.
Nationally the abuse of opioids is on the rise and is presenting major problems for communities large and small. A leading cause is the abuse of used prescription medicines due to their prevalence and easy accessibility. Overdoses on opioids alone have caused nearly 30,000 deaths in the United States annually and close to half of those deaths are caused by legally prescribed drugs.
“The drug take back is an important event for our community. It helps ensure dangerous drugs are disposed of properly and do not get into the wrong hands or the water that we drink,” stated Officer Ryan King with the Rocky Mount Police Department.
Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to accept unwanted medications but cannot accept syringes or lancets or sharps of any kind.