Mercer County Sheriff : Over 300 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Turned In for Disposal to County
Over 300 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Turned In for Disposal to County sheriffs department
Mercer County Sheriff announced the successful results of Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held on April 28, at the Mercer County Administration Building. County residents collectively turned in over 300 hundred pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs for disposal.
The drugs were turned over to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and immediately destroyed on Monday.
In addition to expired or unneeded blood pressure, heart, and cholesterol medications, dangerous opiate painkillers – the such as Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Percocet also were turned in for safe disposal.
“I am pleased so many local residents gathered up their unused prescriptions from their medicine cabinets for disposal,” said Sheriff Jack Kemler. The sheer quantity of old prescriptions turned in will help prevent abuse, addiction, theft or accidental use,” added Kemler.
The Mercer County Prescription Drug Take-Back Program provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. The drop-off program, held each spring and fall is conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Mercer County administration, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
For more information, on the safe disposal of prescription drugs, contact the Sheriff’s Office – Programs Section at 609-278-7159
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