On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Oconee Drug Task Force, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Eastman Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Oconee Drug Task Force at 327 Pearl Bates Avenue in Eastman. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pound, over a thousand 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, especially painkillers. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
For additional information, please call the drug task force office at 478-448-4685.