Anyone with unused or expired medications, of any type, can drop them off for safe disposal at the Take Back Jackson event on Thursday.
The program will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town parking lot at 150 E. Pearl Ave. The event is being organized by the Curran-Seeley Foundation, which specializes in addiction issues and treatment, and the Community Prevention Coalition of Teton County, in conjunction with the Town of Jackson and Jackson Police Department.
The police department also has a permanent drug disposal bin where people can get rid of unneeded medications any day.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that drug take-back events are the best and safest way to dispose of both prescription and over-the-counter non-prescription medications. All medications dropped off at permanent and temporary take-back locations will be destroyed.
The FDA does encourage people to remove all personal information from pill bottles and other related labeling before dropping off medications.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the nationwide April 2021 drug take-back day brought in nearly 420 tons of unused or expired drugs to be disposed.
Since the DEA began national drug take-back days in 2010, it has collected about 14,524,391 pounds of medication, according to their “Get Smart About Drugs” web page.
The DEA also strongly encourages people who keep prescribed medications in their homes to store them safely, where children, other family members and visitors are not able to access them.