Prescription drug 'take back' today
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department is giving the public a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications today.
Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the department is participating in a Drug Enforcement Agency event called National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
He said the public can drop off medications of any type, except needles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the front door of the Vermilion County Courthouse, 7 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Hartshorn said the public can pull into the circle drive in front of the courthouse, where two uniformed deputies will be at the front door collecting medication for proper disposal.
The program is designed, according to the DEA, to protect children, families and the environment by properly disposing of unwanted and expired medicines, which are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Also, chemicals in medications that are flushed into sewer systems or thrown away can end up polluting waterways.
Hartshorn said there's also a big problem with young people getting hold of and abusing prescription drugs. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, according to the DEA, and more than half of the teens who abuse such medications get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet.