As they have done in the past, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is promoting the Drug Take Back Day, although Sheriff Kerry Lee said he didn’t know of a specific day for the summer. The Drug Enforcement Administration did hold one nationally April 27 this year.

Lee said the take back program is a great opportunity for people who have accumulated unwanted, unused, outdated prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications that were removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

Lee said people are welcome at any time to bring in unused or expired prescription drugs of any type to any of the Sheriff Department offices in the county.

“It’s not good to just flush the drugs down the toilet because it gets into the water system, or just throw them in the garbage because someone might find them,” he said.

The Sheriff’s department takes the items to a facility in Mesquite, where they are incinerated.

Lee said the reason for the take back program is “with the huge insurgence of people illegally using prescription drugs, burglaries have increased nationwide because they are a “hot” item to get. People have been breaking into private homes and stealing medications. It’s also safe to get the drugs away from small children. Even if it’s just an antibiotic, get rid of them.”