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Participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day April 28th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm.

The Shelby County Drug Enfo.rcement Task Force, the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the event to allow citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded, unused, expired or unwanted prescription or over-the counter medications. The drop-off is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., to any of the following locations in Shelby County:

  • Greystone YMCA (5414 Highway 280, Birmingham)
  • Alabaster Target (250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster)
  • Winn-Dixie (2653 Valleydale Road, Birmingham)
  • Pelham Police Department (32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham)

Medication take-back events address a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that stay in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

Shelby County data shows that the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications by middle and high school students is the second highest form of illicit drug abuse (following marijuana).  A national study (SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health September 2007) found that of teens who reported abuse prescription pain killers, 70% say they got them from friends or relatives, often without their knowledge.  

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabaster Police Department, Pelham Police Department, Harpersville Police Department, Helena Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama National Guard Counter Drug Program. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.com. Citizens may click “Report Criminal Activity” and submit their complaint in the field labeled “Narcotics”.  All information is anonymous.

Direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436.


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