Parents are unwittingly supplying teens with their number one drug choice to abuse — prescription drugs.
“America’s 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group; much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends,” Dale Brown, Floyd Against Drugs board president, said in a press release.
In an attempt to keep commonly abused prescription drugs off the streets and out of medicine cabinet, FAD and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a drug drop off event at the Floyd County Jail on April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Mobilizing Floyd County to work together to reduce the youth and adult use of drugs is at the heart of our mission at Floyd Against Drugs,” Brown said in the release. “It’s a privilege to work in partnership with the sheriff’s office on this event.”
The drug drop off event will allow the public to properly dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs or over the counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands and local waterways.
The drugs will be incinerated on site in the jail’s lower parking lot.
The public is asked to bring drugs in a bag or other disposable container.
“I am not certain that the public truly understands the importance of properly disposing of both unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs,” said Cpl. Carrie Edge in the release. “The last drop we did in 2015 was quite successful. We incinerated over 154 pounds of drugs. We hope to incinerate even more this year and urge the public to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is a state prescription drug disposal location. Prescriptions can be disposed of any day in the designated drop box in the booking lobby.