Laurel police host "National Drug Take Back Day" - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Laurel police host "National Drug Take Back Day"

Source: WDAM Source: WDAM
Source: WDAM Source: WDAM
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Laurel Police collected boxes of old medicine Saturday, part of "National Drug Take Back Day"

The Laurel Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, gave the community the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.

"Seems to be a needy thing, with all the boxes we have here so very worthwhile," said laurel Police Captain Tommy Cox. 

Cox said he believed there were at least 100 pound of old medications collected Saturday morning. 

"It's not going to be used and if you dispose of it, there's no potential for abuse because it's gone," said  Cox.  "This is an environmentally-friendly and safe way and maybe your stopping an abuser from getting a hold of it."

This event addressed a vital public safety and public health issue.  Cox said prescription pill abuse is not only a problem in Laurel, but across the country.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Supervisor Special Agent Toby Schwartz with the Drug Enforcement Agency was on-hand Saturday to take the collected drugs back to be disposed.

"It can accidentally get into the wrong hands very easily. You can have youth, minors, somebody who deals with an addiction. And they see it, come into your house, and it's just there," said Schwartz.  "You don't think anything of it, but someone with an addiction - this keeps it from getting into the wrong hands."

Many agencies around the Pine Belt took part in the national event.

Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Two injured in Hwy 11 wreck in Forrest County

    Two injured in Hwy 11 wreck in Forrest County

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:55:57 GMT
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 11 near Mak's gas station, according to state troopers on the scene.  Emergency crews transported one person to a hospital via ambulance. State troopers said the jaws of life were used to free one person from the wreckage.  The Moselle Fire Department and the Forrest County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck.  Copyright W...More >>
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 11 near Mak's gas station, according to state troopers on the scene.  Emergency crews transported one person to a hospital via ambulance. State troopers said the jaws of life were used to free one person from the wreckage.  The Moselle Fire Department and the Forrest County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck.  Copyright W...More >>
  • United Way of Southeast MS holds annual meeting, luncheon

    United Way of Southeast MS holds annual meeting, luncheon

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:07:56 GMT
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. “It’s the time when we get together to thank our donors, our volunteers, our advocates," said Tracie Fowler, president of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "Kind of reveal our dollars raised for the year, give out a few awards for some of our folks that have really gone above and beyond...More >>
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. “It’s the time when we get together to thank our donors, our volunteers, our advocates," said Tracie Fowler, president of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "Kind of reveal our dollars raised for the year, give out a few awards for some of our folks that have really gone above and beyond...More >>
  • Christian Food Mission to host ribbon cutting, open house

    Christian Food Mission to host ribbon cutting, open house

    Thursday, April 26 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-04-26 20:43:37 GMT
    Christian Food Mission will host an open house Thursday to debut their new facility. (Photo Source: Christian Food Mission)Christian Food Mission will host an open house Thursday to debut their new facility. (Photo Source: Christian Food Mission)

    Christian Food Mission is set to debut their new facility and location Thursday during a ribbon cutting and open house.  Jones County Chamber of Commerce Prior to moving to 2507 Moose Drive, the building sat at 506 Chantilly Street. Since December 25, 1982, the organization has served meals to the needy in Jones County. It became a non-profit on June 16, 1987 with the help of a small group of volunteers.   According to Christian Food Mission’s we...

    More >>

    Christian Food Mission is set to debut their new facility and location Thursday during a ribbon cutting and open house.  Jones County Chamber of Commerce Prior to moving to 2507 Moose Drive, the building sat at 506 Chantilly Street. Since December 25, 1982, the organization has served meals to the needy in Jones County. It became a non-profit on June 16, 1987 with the help of a small group of volunteers.   According to Christian Food Mission’s we...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly