On Pancake Day, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson and the Drug Enforcement Administration gave the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
On Sept. 29 Americans turned in 488,295 pounds of prescription medication at 5,263 sites. Appanoose County residents turned in 26 pounds of prescription medication to Sheriff Anderson for proper disposal.
In 2011 there were roughly 900,000 fewer chronic abusers of Rx drugs compared to 2010, a 12 percent drop.
Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement officials like Sheriff Anderson and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.