On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Smith’s Food Center at 906 Camel Drive, Gillette WY. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In September 2012, DEA’s state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, working at more than 5,263 locations, collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public. When added to the collections from DEA’s previous four Take-Back events, more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
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 majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
We encourage are residents to take a few minutes and inventory their medicine cabinets and anywhere else you may store medications and gather up any unwanted drugs you may have and bring them to the collection site on Saturday April 27th for proper and safe disposal. We will collect outdated and unwanted prescription mediation, pet medications, over the counter medications to include patches and creams. We also have provisions for sharps (needles) for local disposal.
Sorry we cannot accept cancer drugs or illegal drugs.
People may also drop off their unwanted medications to either the Gillette Police Department or the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office during business hours. Any questions or concerns please call the Sheriff’s Office at 307-687-6160.