90 pounds of drugs are removed from the streets on Drug Take Back Day

By | October 31, 2013 12:00 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, along with an agent of the DEA Drug Diversion Division weigh boxes filled with unused or expired prescription medications that White County residents brought to be safely disposed of as part of National Drug Take Back Day. White County residents brought in a total of 78 pounds of drugs so they will not be misused or deposited into the water supplies by improper disposal.

Van Buren Sheriff Eddie Carter, Cpt. Derwin Adcock of the McMinnville Police Department, Brad Price Director of Drug Court 31st Judicial District, District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis came together for National Drug Take Back Day at the Van Buren County Sheriff Department on Oct. 26 to collect unused or expired prescription medications from residents so they could be properly disposed of.

On Oct. 26, White and Van Buren counties participated in National Drug Take Back Day, to safely remove prescription pills from the streets and drinking water. Their efforts resulted in approximately 90 pounds of prescription medications being safely collected and taken for proper disposal.
White County set a new record for themselves, with Sparta Police collecting 78 pounds of drugs.
This was the fourth consecutive drug take back event Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth has conducted, with each occasion until now resulting in the collection of approximately 50 pounds of medications.
This event, held at Walgreens, marks a combined nearly 230 pounds of medications collected by the Sparta Police in four events.
Van Buren County held their first event at the Van Buren County Sheriff Department.
Sheriff Eddie Carter reports that Van Buren County collected 12 lbs. of medications in the take back initiative. The weight of the medications collected by Van Buren County was calculated after the pills had been removed from bottles or containers.
Carter states, “All labels were removed and bottles destroyed separately from the medication. The medication will be destroyed in a proper manner so they will NEVER reach the streets and fall into the wrong hands.”
In both counties, the medications were collected with no questions asked and will be taken to a location out-of-state to be incinerated to ensure that the drugs will not be illegally sold or abused.
See additional photo on 3A.

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