6 important reasons to clean out your medicine cabinet

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tomorrow, the Jackson Police Department will partner with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Smith’s Food and Drug on a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative in hopes of preventing increased pill abuse and theft. While this might not impact you directly, here are six important reasons to clean out your medicine cabinet, provided by Lieutenant Cole Nethercott of the Jackson Police Department: 1. Flushing them pollutes our water stream and throwing them in the garbage pollutes ground water. There is no real safe way to dispose of them other than incineration. 2. Abuse of prescription drugs often leads to abuse of illegal drugs, especially heroin. 3. Many prescription drugs are highly addictive and the addiction can be near impossible to overcome. 4. Prescription drug abuse often leads to increased crime rates to include illegal drug use, burglary, and robbery (they steal drugs or commit robberies to get them). 5. Addicts tend to have an increased toll on social and medical services. 6. Prescription drugs are often the easiest for children to get access to. Jackson police officers will be present at Smith’s Food and Drug, 1425 S. Highway 89 in Jackson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow to collect the unwanted medications. The program is completely anonymous and citizens are asked to turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over the counter medications for destruction. Liquid medications and hypodermic needles will not be accepted. *Feature Photo: Photos of unused medications turned into the Teton County Sheriff's Office. h/t Teton County Sheriff's Office / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news