From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department had a successful Prescription Drug Take Back day on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The event was in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency’s 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The police department received 74.8 pounds of drugs that filled five boxes.
The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially dangerous medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those whom these controlled substances were prescribed.
Members of the public were invited bring their outdated prescription drugs and vape dispensers, as long as the batteries have been removed, and vape cartridges. There will be another event in the fall.
Since the first take back event in Alabama, in September of 2010, Attorney General Steve Marshall said the amount of drugs collected continues to increase. Throughout all of Alabama’s previous DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back events, a total of about 96,317 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired drugs have been removed and disposed of safely.
“For many years Prescription Drug Take Back has served a valuable public service to protect our children, homes and environment, and now it is more vital than ever,” Marshall said. “We have seen a troubling rise in drug overdoses, a situation that has been worsened this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic with many people isolated and suffering from anxiety and with substance abuse subsequently on the rise.”
Deliveries of drugs to DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events are confidential, with no personal information collected and no questions asked.