National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in the semi-annual event. Residents that would like to dispose of unused or unwanted medication can stop by the office on Michigan Road from 10 to 2 on Saturday. Unwanted, expired, or unused pills will be accepted. The department is not accepting liquids syringes, patches, inhalers, or creams. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said, “We want to ensure that these pills don’t end up in the wrong hands or in our drinking water.”
Residents who are unable to make the event on Saturday are welcome to turn in pills during the normal weekday business hours at the Sheriff’s office.The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). When the event ends, law enforcement agencies turn over the pills to the DEA for incineration. This is the 18th year that the event has been held, and 2100 pounds of pills have been collected by the department thus far. Reporting for WGRT, I’m Karly Hurley.