(Jackson, Wyo.) - On Saturday, the Jackson Police Department partnered 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. The program was completely anonymous and citizens were asked to turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. In addition to the drug take back day, both the Jackson Police Department and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office have prescription drug drop boxes in their buildings where residents are encouraged to drop off unused or unwanted prescriptions for destruction. As a result of these programs, 65.5 pounds of prescription medications have been collected for disposal in the past six months. Residents who were unable to participate in the take back program but who have unwanted prescription medications they would like to surrender for destruction can drop the medications off at the police department during business hours. Need motivation to get rid of old prescription drugs? Here are 6 important reasons to clean out your medicine cabinet.
*Feature Photo: Photos of unused medications turned into the Teton County
Sheriff's Office. h/t Teton County Sheriff's Office / Pitchengine