Sheriff offers proper disposal method for drugs

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

From staff reports

Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton has installed a pharmaceutical drug disposal box in the lobby of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

The program was implemented so area residents can properly dispose of old medications and not put them in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

Improper disposal of unused medications can harm others and the environment, especially water. The idea for the drug disposal box came from requests from residents of Marshall County, who wanted to dispose of old medications.

Residents drop off all types of medications, except for liquids, needles and syringes. For safe disposal of needles and syringes, ask a pharmacist or contact the local health department. Residents are asked to drop unwanted medications off in their original bottles or packaging, if possible. Mark off or cross out name and address information on the prescription medication bottles and simply drop these items in the secured drug disposal box.

Chief Deputy Billy Lamb will collect these items on a regular basis and record the items according to Drug Enforcement Agency guidelines. He will then obtain a court order from Judge Robert Crigler to destroy by incineration. This is the most environmentally sound disposal method, which ensures the chemicals are completely destroyed.

The sheriff Dalton wants residents to use the drop off box since it may prevent unused or unwanted medications from getting into the hands of a drug dealer or tempting young people to experiment with medication that may be lying around the house.

For more information call the Sheriff's Office, 209 1st Ave. N., Lewisburg, at (931) 359-6122. The phone is answered 24 hours a day.