The Madison Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and the Madison/Rankin County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with Leadership Madison County’s D4 Team, announce “Take Back Your Meds” day on Saturday, April 30, 2016. If you have unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, you can turn them in at designated collection areas, no questions asked.
One of the fastest growing crime problems in the State of Mississippi is prescription drug abuse. “Most people legally acquire the drugs from their Doctors, such as pain pills or antidepressants,” said District Attorney Michael Guest. “They take a few pills and then put the unused portion back in their medicine cabinet and usually forget about it. This can lead to overdoses or the drugs finding their way into our schools,” he said. Examples of these drugs are oxycodone/oxycontin, suboxone, xanax, ritalin, and hydrocodone.
This is a nationwide initiative, spear-headed by the DEA and runs twice a year. In addition to these designated days, the Madison Police, Ridgeland Police, and Madison County Sheriff’s Department all have drug collection kiosks in their lobbies that provide 24 hour disposal, seven days a week. “I urge the public to take advantage of ‘Take Back Your Meds’ day but if you cannot make it by a collection point on April 30, please visit our lobby at the department to anonymously drop your old prescription drugs in our kiosk,” Said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. “The drug dealers of today are our medicine cabinets and unfortunately, we are seeing the pills back on the streets and in the schools,” he stated.
It is important you not place your prescription drugs in the trash or flush them in the toilet or sink. “We offer these collection days and our 24/7 kiosk so the public has a safe and secure method for disposing of these drugs,” said Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrup. “We do not want them getting into our water supply or having a toddler or pet getting them out of the trash.” The Madison Police Department will be collecting any expired or unwanted prescription drugs at the Tulane campus in the City of Madison on April 30, from 10:00 to 2:00. “We offer to take back your medications but we also run it in conjunction with the City’s ‘Keep Madison Beautiful’ campaign, where we offer free disposal of batteries, TVs, monitors, and Shred-It,” Waldrup added.