Washington County Sheriff’s Office Will Be Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On September 26 from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff's Offie and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public it's tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to Washington County Jail at 245 N. Kaskaskia St. Nashville. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.) This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, American turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of perscription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds– more than 2,400 tons– of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majoirty of abused prescription drugs are now obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unsued medicines– flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash– both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26 Take Back Day event, go the DEA Office of Diversion Control Site.