Apr 19, 2021 8:01 PM

Sheriff's office to collect unused, unneeded drugs

Posted Apr 19, 2021 8:01 PM

By SALINA POST

Have some prescription drugs that you no longer need? You can safely dispose of them Saturday in front of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office will once again participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day.

Sheriff Roger Soldan told Salina Post this afternoon that his personnel will be on hand in front of the sheriff's office, 251 N. 10th Street, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday to collect unused and unneeded prescription drugs.

Keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands is the mission of the DEA National Take Back Day. Unused, unneeded prescription medications are collected and safely disposed of, preventing the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

"According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019," the DEA noted on its Take Back Day website.

Often, those drugs are take from the medicine cabinets of family and friends, the survey reported.