Safe Drug Disposal Saturday Prevents Drug Addition & Overdose Deaths
The Campbell County Prevention Council will host its annual RX Take Back event Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Smith’s Food and Drug parking lot, 906 Camel Dr.
Any unused or unneeded prescription medication can be dropped off with no questions asked.
But, what happens next? Local law enforcement will then sort the medication and black out any identifying names and numbers. Medications that are not expired by over 6 months are eligible for donation, but must be approved by the Wyoming Recycle Program for redistribution before being transported or shipped to Cheyenne.
Old and unidentifiable prescriptions, as well as those that are not cleared for redistribution, are placed inside black garbage bags and transported to a locked facility at an undisclosed location, where they’ll be held until the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) can make arrangements for final transport to a facility where they’ll be destroyed. Transports from Gillette to destroy facilities in Denver or Salt Lake City occur twice annually. Because liquid medications and needles cannot be transported by mail or destroyed by the DEA, those items are destroyed or disposed of by local law enforcement.
The amount of medication collected at this Saturday’s RX Take Back event will be documented and presented to the Campbell County Prevention Council.
Last year, 836.4 pounds of medications were collected, ridding many homes of potential hazards.
The Campbell County Prevention Council would like to thank the community and local law enforcement for their support.
Can’t make it to the RX Take Back?
Drop your unused or unneeded prescriptions inside the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office or the Gillette Police Department’s Drug Drop Box at anytime, all year.