SHERIDAN — Officers from the Sheridan Police Department will be manning a drug take-back station in the Walgreens parking lot on Coffeen Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The effort is part of a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to get unused and unnecessary prescription drugs out of homes, where they are at greatest risk for theft or abuse.
According to a press release issued by the SPD, most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
The problem of prescription drug abuse is prevalent in Sheridan County, and is often cited by law enforcement and prevention specialists as one of the most significant addiction issues aside from alcohol.
“America has a drug problem. Every 19 minutes there is a death from a drug overdose. Disposal of unwanted, unused and expired drugs helps to reduce drug abuse and is something that we can all do,” Registered Nurse and Educator at Wyoming’s Poison Center Joan McVoy said.
Saturday’s drug takeback event is designed to handle only prescription items.
The SPD also has a drop box in the main lobby of the police station available at all times for citizens looking to safely get rid of unused prescription medications.
Questions regarding proper disposal of pharmaceuticals can be directed to the SPD at 672-2413.