Howell County is off to a great start! By noon, 297 pounds of unwanted drugs had been brought in to the sheriff’s office as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The program runs until 2 p.m. today but Sheriff Mike Shannon said if you can’t make it out today, there is a drug take back box in their lobby 24/7/365. However, they ask that you not put needles or inhalers in the take back box!

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ​National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.  The last Take-Back Day brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication, bringing the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds.

Check DEA’s official Take Back Day website – https://takebackday.dea.gov/ – for more information and to find year-round collection sites near you.

The DEA is the only federal agency with a single mission dedicated to drug law enforcement. With unique operational and intelligence capabilities, DEA staff identify, investigate, disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations, remove drugs and violent criminals from communities, and fight the diversion of illegal drugs. For more information, visit www.dea.gov.

More information on drug disposal visit
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm.