The Potter County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Initiative today. 

"This is a good opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets in order to get rid of expired pharmaceuticals and keep them out of the hands children," said PCSO Capt. John Coffee.

Coffee said they are particularly interested in getting dangerous prescription medications like Hydrocodone and other opioids out of places where they could be misused or abused, whether they are expired or not.

"We want them to bring in the dangerous-type drugs that actually could harm somebody," he said. "I'm not a scientist or anything but it is my understanding that (medications) may not be as potent as they once were prior to that expiration date, but they still could be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands."

“Substance-use disorders tragically affect almost every community, but when it comes to preventing prescription drug abuse, each one of us can make a difference,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in a press release. “I encourage all Texans to take back their unused, unwanted, or expired drugs to one of our state’s hundreds of designated locations ... as a step to promote safer homes and safer communities.”

Cornyn introduced the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, giving the Drug Enforcement Administration flexibility to build out drug take-back programs across the country and enable drug take-backs every day at more convenient locations, such as local pharmacies, and without needing law enforcement present.

More than 300 locations are participating in the drug take-back initiative statewide. Any unused, expired, or unwanted over the counter or prescription medicines can be disposed of at the left side door of the Potter County Detention Center, 13101 NE 29th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No needles, aerosol cans, or inhalers will be accepted.

The PCSO has long been a safe and responsible location to dispose of often abused and addictive prescription medications like opioids, barbiturates and sleep aids. The department maintains a drug box where expired or unwanted prescription medication may be safely disposed of at the PCDC, 13100 NE 29th Ave., 24 hours a day, seven days a week.