RX Take Back Event Tomorrow…. But Then What?
Any unused or unneeded prescription medication can be dropped off with no questions asked.
The youth coalition branch of the Campbell County Prevention Council, Students 4 Change, will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon, dressed as zombies.
But, what’s next?
Local law enforcement will sort the medication and black out any identifying names and numbers. Medications that are not expired by over 6 months are eligible for donation. The medication must be approved by the Wyoming Recycle Program for redistribution. Then, it’s transported or shipped to Cheyenne via Campbell County Health’s Pharmacy.
Old and unidentifiable prescriptions, as well as those that are not cleared for redistribution, are put in black garbage bags and transported to a locked facility at an undisclosed location. They’re held there until the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) can make arrangements for final transport to the facility, where they will be be destroyed. Transports to destroy facilities in Denver or Salt Lake City occur twice a year. Liquid medications and needles cannot be transported by mail or destroyed by the DEA. So, they are destroyed by local law enforcement. Needles are placed in special containers and transported to the landfill for specialized disposal.
The amount of medication collected at tomorrow’s RX Take Back Event will be well documented and presented to the Campbell County Prevention Council.
Last year’s event resulted in over 89 pounds of medications properly disposed of, ridding many homes of potential hazards.
Can’t make it to the event?
Medications can be dropped off at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office or at the Gillette Police Department’s Drug Drop Box at anytime, all year.
Paid for by the Campbell County Prevention Council, and funded through ONDCP’s SAMSHA Drug Free Communities Grant Program and Campbell County Health.