UINTA COUNTY – Another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is quickly approaching. The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office will be participating once again in this year’s drug take back, along with three other locations in Uinta County. Gather your unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs to dispose of safely during the upcoming event.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 10AM to 2PM
Where: Smith’s Food and Drug in Evanston, Wal-Mart in Evanston, and Benedict’s Market in Mountain View (Bridger Valley)
* Helpful tip: The DEA does not currently take back needles, sharps or liquids of any kind.
If you have any questions, please contact the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office at 307-783-1000.
What is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”
When Does National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Occur?
The DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Days twice a year (in April and October).
Why is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day important?
Most people who abuse prescription opioids get them for free from a friend or relative (CDC). Also, a common misperception among youth is that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful than other drugs. In the past year, 2/3 of teens who misused pain relievers report that they got them from family and friends, including their home’s medicine cabinets (SAMHSA). The best way to ensure your prescription drugs are not used in a way that is unsafe or illegal is to dispose of them.
How can I dispose of my medications if I miss the event?
For those unable to participate on that date, there is a Prescription Drug Take Back drop box located at the Lyman Police Department (accessible during business hours), and another in the lobby of the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office in Evanston (accessible 24 hours per day).