MCSO Participates in DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Program

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

You can take your pills or patches to the following locations.

Walgreens

  • 6396 Airport Boulevard
  • 3948 Airport Boulevard
  • 5705 Cottage Hill Road

CVS

  • 2550 Dauphin Street
  • 4452 Old Shell Road
  • 1401 Hillcrest Road
  • 4881 Schillinger Road
  • 10115 Grand Bay Wilmer Road

Costco

  • 1450 Tingle Circle

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills. 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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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 or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has their own Drug Drop Off Program, OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET. You may dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs at ALL MCSO office locations. Our Theodore sub station is a 24-hour drop off location. For office locations go to http://www.mobileso.com/operation-medicine-cabinet/.

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