According to the Ridgeland Police Facebook page, on April 24, 2021, the DEA will again coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids, including 9.9 million people misused controlled prescription pain relievers. The study also disclosed that a majority of the abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes remain a potential source of supply that continues to fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
This Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 9:00 until 1:00, the Ridgeland Police Department will be accepting your prescription drugs under the following protocol:
• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected. The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status.
• This program is anonymous and all efforts should be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or request for identification should be made.
• Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the label.
• All solid dosage pharmaceuticals products and liquid in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrups should remain tightly sealed in its original container.
• Intra-venous solutions, injectable, and syringes will NOT be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
• Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines are NOT part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel should handle such material as abandoned property in accordance with department policy.
• All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law Enforcement should not handle the medications at any time.
Ridgeland Police Department is located at 115 West School Street, Ridgeland, MS 39157. We may be reached at 601-856-5210 with any questions or concerns.