Operation Take-Back planned for communities across north Alabama

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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has released its plans for this year’s Operation Take-Back to help keep unused or expired prescription drugs off the street. It’s a partnership between local law enforcement agencies and the Partnership for a Drug Free Community.

Law enforcement agencies in Madison County have organized two events, and will be on location for each of the following dates and times:

September 26, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CVS Pharmacy
5859 Highway 53
Harvest, Alabama

October 3, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CVS Pharmacy
12275 Highway 231-431
Meridianville, Alabama

If you don’t live in Madison County, there are plenty of locations for you to use. The follow is a list according to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration website scheduled for Saturday, September 26; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Athens Police Department
  • Cullman Police Department
  • Decatur Walmart on Spring Ave.
  • Jackson County Courthouse
  • Redstone Arsenal Post Exchange, Bldg. 3220
  • Redstone Arsenal Bob Jones Auditorium, Sparkman Complex
  • Rainsville Drugs on Main Street
  • Russellville CVS Pharmacy on U.S. 43

This program is completely confidential and no personal information will be collected.

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said.  “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

Many Americans may not be aware that prescription drug abuse in the U.S. sits an an alarming rate. Studies show many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.

We encourage other law enforcement agencies with Drug Take-Back events to send us the information needed to add to this web story. Just email us a news.department@whnt.com.