CHEYENNE — Wyoming residents can get rid of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs Saturday during the second annual “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.”
Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies, the service is free and anonymous.
In September, Americans turned in more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long-term care facilities, according to a DEA media release.
In Wyoming last year, law enforcement agencies collected almost 700 pounds of drugs, Gov. Matt Mead said in a release.
The governor is scheduled to stop by the Jackson Police Department between 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday for the prescription drug collection program.
“These prescription drugs represent a new and growing threat to safety in Wyoming,” the governor said.
The Partnership for a Drug Free America, he added, reported that every day 2,500 teenagers get high for the first time by using prescription drugs, most of them prescriptions for their families and friends.
Mead noted the increasing pattern of “pharm” parties, where teenagers take various pills.
“I hope everyone will use this designated day to go through medicine cabinets, dresser drawers, purses, pockets — wherever prescription drugs are kept — find these unneeded drugs, and get them out of harm’s way,” he said. “Think of it as a really vital part of spring house cleaning.”