The Hattiesburg Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to take back old prescription drugs. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday. This is the sixth time the Hattiesburg Police Department has participated. Those who have unwanted, unused prescription drugs can bring them to the police station where the D.E.A. will dispose of them.
In the five previous take-back events, D.E.A. in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications.
"The main reason we're doing this is because with improper disposal of medication, that medicine can get back into the ecosystem and the water." Lieutenant Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg police department says that disposing your medication properly doesn't mean flushing it down the toilet. "When you flush it, it gets right back into our drinking water."
The department is taking prescription drugs as well as any old medicine like aspirin. "If you've got a bottle of Tylenol at home that's expired and you want to get rid of it, this is the place to do it." Traxler says having residents bring in their old prescriptions could keep those drugs out of the hands of drug dealers. "We have numerous cases where people are caught with prescription drugs that don't have a prescription or have never had a prescription that is something that's sold on the streets."
You can drop off your old prescriptions this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Hattiesburg Police Department.