Drug Take Back Day offers safe way to dispose of old meds

DeKalb residents can clean out their medicine cabinet and safely dispose of old prescription medicines at four locations across the county during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is joining forces with the DeKalb County Police Department to provide four drive-thru drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, in its 17th year, is designated by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage Americans to safely dispose of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. 

Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, DeKalb County District Health director, said the Board of Health shares the common goal of keeping excess prescription drugs out of its community and is happy to join the DeKalb County Police Department again for this event.

“Prescription drug misuse, including opioid abuse and overdoses, has created a public health crisis that our community must address with great urgency,” Ford said.

DeKalb County Police Chief James W. Conroy said the opioid crisis is one of the greatest health and public safety threats we have encountered.

“In 2015, over 2 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder,“  Conroy said. “Properly disposing of old and unneeded medication is key to addressing this crisis. Please participate in our drug take back day to help make our community safer.”

The drive-thru drop-off locations, which are free to use, are:

• Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Road, Suite D, Decatur.

• Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way, Decatur.

• East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, Stonecrest.

• North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road, N.E., Chamblee.

For more information, call the DeKalb County Board of Health at 404-294-3700.