Today is the latest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with drop off sites in our area in Chadron, Alliance, and Rapid City.
Hours are 10:00-2:00 at all locations – the Chadron police station, Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office in Alliance, and the Rapid City Police Department.
Take Back Day is normally held twice a year in April and October, but the coronavirus pandemic wiped out this year’s April effort.
Drug Take Back Day is aimed at providing an anonymous, safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
All sites are also accepting electronic vaping devices and cartridges, provided any lithium ion batteries are removed.
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs.
The survey shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The last Take Back Day a year ago saw 4,896 law enforcement agencies around the country take part with 6,174 collection sites receiving 441.5 tons or nearly 883,000 pounds of items – pushing the total since 2010 well over 11-million pounds.