Area residents dispose of 60 pounds of medication here safely

By Tracey PenlandOctober 31, 2013

Sgt. Jonathon Stoddard, left, Directorate of Emergency Services, assists a local resident in safely turning in unwanted medications during the annual Drug Enforcement Agency National Prescription Drug Take Back event Saturday in the parking lot at the main exchange. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., local residents turned in approximately 60 pounds of unwanted medications to Medical Command and Army Substance Abuse Program personnel who will safely dispose of the drugs. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans, 6.8 million, currently abuse prescription drugs according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Jonathon Stoddard, left, Directorate of Emergency Services, assists a local resident in safely turning in unwanted medications during the annual Drug Enforcement Agency National Prescription Drug Take Back event Saturday in the parking lot at the main exchange. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., local residents turned in approximately 60 pounds of unwanted medications to Medical Command and Army Substance Abuse Program personnel who will safely dispose of the drugs. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans, 6.8 million, currently abuse prescription drugs according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (Photo Credit: Tracey Penland) VIEW ORIGINAL