Moultrie County is working together with multiple agencies to sponsor a one-day “drug take-back” event this Saturday, October 26th. The event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Moultrie County Health Department. Moultrie County Health, along with Moultrie County Counseling Center and New Vision, Inc. of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, and the DEA are putting together this event. The event coincides with National Prescription Take-Back Day. Glenda Plunkett, Public Health Services Coordinator for Moultrie County says this is a good way to turn in your prescriptions that you don’t use or are expired.
Plunkett says having pills just laying out may seem like candy to little ones and it’s safer to get rid of it.
At one point the belief was that you could just flush your old medication, but Plunkett says you shouldn’t do that anymore. Water treatment plants can’t handle it.
Since 2010 the DEA has collected over 11 million pounds of prescription drugs nationwide. For more information on the drug take-back program visit their website at www.moultriehealth.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moultriecountyhealth. You can also visit the website, takebackday.dea.gov.