MOUNT VERNON — It’s hard to wrap your mind around 4,000 tons of something light as a feather. Picture 3 million pounds of feathers, though, and you’ll begin to grasp the mountain of medication that’s been collected, one pill at a time, during U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Take-Back Days.
With active participation of police agencies and health departments nationwide, DEA will sponsor its seventh Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday and hopes to gather the better part of a million pounds of meds. Collection points in Knox County will be the Knox County Health Department, Mount Vernon Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials ask all individuals and families to check their medicine cabinets and any niche or cranny where medicines are stored to identify expired and unneeded medications. Then, all it takes is a quick stop at one of the collection points to assure the meds will never cause any grief.
The MVPD and sheriff’s office have drug drop-off boxes in their lobbies that are available 24/7, and this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the health department will also help area residents responsibly dispose of medications. Additional sites around the county have been offered for past Drug Take-Back Days, but since they generated very light traffic collections are centralized this time in Mount Vernon.
The health department will be set-up for collections in its parking lot at 11650 Upper Gilchrist Road and said the drop-off process will be quick and hassle free. Citizens participating will remain anonymous, no questions will be asked and there is no charge. The sheriff’s office is just down the road at 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road, and Mount Vernon police operate from the municipal building at 5 N. Gay St.
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