Prescription Drug Take-Back Planned

Chaffee County Build A Generation, with support and cooperation of the
Sheriff’s office and the Buena Vista and Salida police departments, is
promoting National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates throughout
the United States. As part of the effort to address this problem, the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the fourth National
Prescription Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused,
and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from
family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., local citizens can drop off
their unwanted prescription drugs at either of two collection points staffed
by local police and volunteers.  In Salida, the drop off point is the Touber
Building parking lot, 448 East First Street.  In Buena Vista, the collection
point is the parking lot of the County Annex at 112 Linderman Avenue.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug
Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5
tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the
5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S.
territories.

When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are
combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and
community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication
from circulation in the past 13 months.

For more information, contact Nancy Mallet at 719-530-2583; Rebecca Rice at 719-395-0344; or Sheriff Pete Palmer at 719-530-5727.