The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this weekend, and Independence is again participating. This is the fourth take-back day since the Drug Enforcement Administration launched this initiative. Nationwide, participating agencies have removed 995,185 pounds of medication in the past 13 months through these events, according to the DEA. Terry Storey, a detective with the Independence Police Department, is the organizer of the Independence event.
|1. When is the Take Back Drug Day event, and where is it?||
The Take Back Event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location will be at the City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. The parking lot across from the Police Department.
|2. How popular has this event been over the years?||
This is the second year. The amount of (drugs) collected has raised in pounds each time we do this.
|3. What’s the biggest concern the Police Department has over not disposing of drugs correctly?||
The discarded drugs end up in landfills and ultimately in ground water. The other reason is the drugs end up in the hands of others that they are not prescribed to.
|4. Are there any plans to expand the project or offer it more regularly?||
This event occurs two times a year in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, in the fall and spring. I do not foresee the event occurring more than that. We will accept non-prescribed drugs. We will not accept needles or sharps.