Drug take back event nets 100 pounds of
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A prescription dated 1987 was among the unwanted medications turned in during a drug takeback event held April 29 in Macoupin County, sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar, Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson and local pharmacies.
The event was meant to raise awareness about opioid abuse in the county and to encourage residents to dispose of old, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from there homes. Studies have linked the increase in heroin abuse to increased availability of prescription opioid painkillers. “Unused medication has a way of stacking up in our homes because we think we might need it later or we’re not sure how to get rid of it,” said Manar. “What we’re seeing today, however, is that these pills are magnets for theft because they fuel addiction. The best thing we all can do is get into the habit of routinely purging unwanted and expired medications from our homes.”
In all, area residents disposed of more than 100 pounds of medications during the drug takeback event, which was held at four pharmacies in the county: Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Staunton and Michelle’s Pharmacy locations in Bunker Hill, Carlinville and Gillespie.
“Ending the heroin problem will require a coordinated effort between lawmakers, law enforcement and, most importantly, involved residents,” said Manar. “Every time we make the effort to clear old, unwanted medications from our homes, we’re helping to stop opioid abuse in our communities and saving lives.”
Local officials urge residents to continue disposing of unwanted medications by utilizing any of the drop-off locations in Macoupin County, which are available year-round. Michelle’s Pharmacy accepts unwanted medications at all three locations during business hours; at Bunker Hill (801 South Franklin Street) and Staunton (105 South Wood Street) police departments, speak with a deputy on duty for instructions 24/7; Gillespie Police Department (109 West Pine Street) and Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office (215 South East Street, Carlinville) both have lobby drop boxes that are available 24/7.
State Sen. Andy Manar (left) is joined by Tammy Buffington of Sullivan’s Pharmacy and Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl at Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Staunton during the Macoupin County drug takeback event on April 29.