Police to help public toss out old prescriptions

By SHEENA BARNETT / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Unused and expired prescription medications are about to get tossed.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with four other agencies, plus Region 3 Resource Center, for the American Medicine Chest Challenge.
On Saturday, the five agencies will take unused or expired prescription medications and dispose of them safely. There’s no cost and no limit to how many medications can be disposed of, said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
“We’ll take care of it for you,” Johnson said.
No questions will be asked, and literature will be given out that explains how to safely dispose of prescription meds.
Eight drop-off locations will be available in Mississippi on Saturday, with five of them in Northeast Mississippi.
Johnson said it’s important that people dispose of their expired or unused medicine safely, especially because it keeps the drugs out of the hands of prescription drug abusers.
“We are seeing a rash of young people abusing prescription medications – I think because it’s so readily available,” he said.
Johnson asks that anyone with any prescription drugs take inventory of their medicine cabinets and bring any old or unused medicine to any of the locations on Saturday. If Saturday is a success, there may be more drop-offs in the future, he said.
“We encourage everyone to come out,” Johnson said.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.