County prepares for Drug Take Back Day

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


Officials in Washington County will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

The drug take back day is officially Saturday, Oct. 28.

The Washington County Sheriff?s office and other county officials will be accepting old and outdated prescription pills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of the United Presbyterian Church, said Washington County chief deputy Shawn Ellingson.

?Weather permitting, we will be out in the parking lot,? Ellingson said. ?If we?re not in the parking lot we will be inside the church.?

People can take the pills out of the pill bottles and put them in a Ziploc bag, he said. This will help to keep their privacy protected.

The only items they won?t accept are any liquid prescriptions or syringes.

The county participates in drug take back day usually twice a year and also has a prescription drop-off box located in the lobby of the Washington County Jail.

?This works out good because we are full right now at the jail,? Ellingson said. ?It?s not that people are hoarders. It?s just that they don?t throw away their old meds.?

With the prescription drop box and the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day it seems as if more people are becoming aware of where to take their outdated pills, he added.

This also helps to keep old prescriptions from getting into the hands of the wrong people.

There have been several calls to the sheriff?s department and police department about prescriptions being stolen, Ellingson said.

?Prescription pills are a hot ticket,? he added.