DEA and its participating partners will hold a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday. Local collection sites will be McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department.
“We are again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” said McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland. “It will be this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”
Sheriff’s Major Jason Walker confirmed their participation.
“We are participating in the DEA Take Back Day as a drop-off location,” said Walker. “Residents can drop off medications inside the lobby of the jail from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.”
The DEA’s Take-Back initiative is one of several strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse. Collection sites are set up by local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
“We will have an awning set up on the Court Square side of City Hall by the police department’s side entry,” said Rowland, who says drive-by donations will be accepted. “We will have some that will just drive up, and we will walk over and get the medications from them. Others will park and walk up to us. Either way is fine.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Department is walk-in only.
The city department also offers a drug disposal bin available all year long. It is located inside the double doors on the Police Department side of City Hall, and is part of the department’s continued effort to remove unwanted medication from the community and dispose of it properly.
The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, as well as the disposal bin, is 100% anonymous. It is recommended the medication be in its original container, if possible. The name and address need to be marked out. However, do not cross out the name of the medication.
“If you forget to mark out the name, we will do that before we dispose of it,” said Rowland.