Sheriff, DEA help with drug disposal

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency to help people dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medication.
On Nov. 13 people can drop off all of their unneeded prescription meds at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said he wants people to take advantage of the drug disposal program because prescription drug abuse has been at the top of his drug enforcement problem list for a while.
“We’ve had several people to overdose from taking medication that wasn’t prescribed for them over the past year,” said Johnson. “A lot of this stuff is obtained from medicine cabinets at home. A lot of time people have old medication that they don’t know what to do with, so they just leave it in the medicine cabinet and that’s when people get a hold to it and abuse it. We want to make sure we help them properly dispose of it.”
The drugs dropped off will be disposed of at no cost to the public, which is helpful since there’s no clear-cut way to throw them out.
“There is no protocol for people to get rid of these types of drugs,” said Johnson. “You can’t flush them because they may be hazardous to the environment. Throwing them in the trash is not a good idea either. So it’s limited as to what can be done to dispose of these things. That’s why dropping them off and letting us deal with them is the best solution.”
“I think anytime you can eliminate the possibility of a child experimenting with these drugs, it’s good,” said Bostick.
Johnson said depending on how the community responds to the Nov. 13 event, a permanent drop-off site could be opened.