MASON COUNTY — It was another successful Drug Take Back Day in Mason County this past weekend, with thousands of unused and outdated pills being destroyed.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse.
Two locations were set up for the local event, one in Point Pleasant, and the other in New Haven. According to Ronnie Spencer of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, the Point Pleasant location was more successful this year than in the previous year.
“We filled two bags completely full,” Spencer said of the huge, lawn and garden size plastic bags. “We were stuffing them into the bags at the end of the day.”
He said one woman alone brought in a trash bag nearly full. The medications belonged to her parents, who had passed away.
“Some people just wait for us to hold these events to get rid of their pills,” the deputy added.
And while not as much was collected in New Haven, Mason County Prevention Coalition Coordinator Brittni Kaylor still deemed the day a success.
“I feel like the amount we collected was down quite a bit from last year,” she said. “We didn’t have nearly as much participation as we have in the past.”
Kaylor said she remains optimistic however, with the permanent drug drop box that is available and located at the county courthouse. Medication disposal bottles distributed in the county throughout the year is another way people utilize services, and not only on Drug Take Back Day, she stated.
Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Hysell delivered the medications collected in New Haven to Point Pleasant, where they were all picked up by representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Kits that render small amounts of pills useless were given out to those visiting both locations.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.