301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
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SHERIFF BRUCE KETTELKAMP PHONE (217) 824-4961
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp announced today that on April 27th, 2013, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Morrisonville Police Department and the Christian County Prevention Coalition will once again participate in the "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day"
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a program established by the Drug Enforcement Administration that is designed to reduce the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States.
On April 27th, between the hours of 10am and 2pm, residents will be able to take their unused, or expired, prescription drugs to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, located at 301 W. Franklin Street in Taylorville or to the Morrisonville Police Department located at 307 S.E. 6th Street in Morrisonville, where they will be properly disposed of.
Christian County Sheriff, Bruce Kettelkamp, stated that "Non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most prevalent form of drug abuse in America. Residents need to recognize the potential threat lurking in their own homes." Sheriff Kettelkamp added that "Unused prescription medications that are improperly disposed of in the trash can be retrieved and either used or sold illegally. Additionally, drugs that are flushed can contaminate the water supply."
A 2009 National survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration determined that more than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy more than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends, family or the home medicine cabinet. Expanding efforts nationwide is a key strategy in preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse, while safeguarding the environment.
In addition, the Pana, Stonington and Taylorville Police Departments will also have their own drop-off boxes. Residents in these areas are directed to contact them for additional information as to specific times and locations.
For additional details on the Take-Back campaign visit:"http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html"