For the latest local information regarding COVID-19, follow us on Facebook and see ourlocal news page

Egyptian Health Teaming Up with Local Sheriff’s for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

GALLATIN, SALINE & WHITE COUNTIES – Saturday is the Drug Enforcement Administrations’ 22nd National Prescription Take Back Day.

Egyptian Health Department in partnership with Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley, White County Sheriff Randy Graves and Saline County Sheriff Whipper Johnson, will host local take back events on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gallatin County residents can drop off their items at the courthouse on Lincoln Boulevard East in Shawneetown. Saline County residents can do the same at the courthouse on East Poplar in Harrisburg. White County residents can drop off their items at the sheriff’s office on North Main in Carmi.

Drug overdose deaths are up 16 percent in the last year, claiming more than 290 lives every day. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, more than 106,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021, marking the most drug-related deaths ever recorded, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 75 percent of all overdose deaths.

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed—that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

On Saturday, DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

A location finder and partner toolbox are available at www.DEATakeBack.com for easy reference to April 30 collection sites.