TUPELO – Northeast Mississippians have opportunities next weekend to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of any unused, unwanted or expired medications.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will collect prescription drugs Friday and the Tupelo Police Department will do the same Saturday.
The service is free and anonymous. Anyone with expired or unused prescription drugs can bring them to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. where they will be collected, no questions asked, and disposed of by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office collected 100 pounds of prescription drugs in April of last year during the drug take-back.
Anyone who cannot make it to the sheriff’s office has a second opportunity at the CVS at Crosstown in Tupelo. The Tupelo Police Department will be on site collecting prescriptions from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tupelo Police Capt. Tony McCoy said it is a good idea to remove labels from the bottles before dropping them off for the sake of privacy.
“I think it’s important because, if you keep the old meds around, they certainly have a shelf life and expire,” he said. “And if you have children in the home, you don’t want them getting their hands on old medicines that could harm them.”
Sheriff Jim Johnson said it also helps prevent pill theft and abuse by ridding homes of excess medicines that otherwise may be diverted for illegal uses.
Outside Lee County and also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday , prescriptions can be dropped off with Booneville Police Department representatives at the CVS in Booneville, at the Fulton Walmart with the Fulton Police Department, at the Union County Sheriff’s Office and at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.