Deputies take back unwanted, unused prescription drugs

Josephine Shaw

Josephine Shaw of Crestview drops off a bag of unused prescription drugs during the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office’s drug take-back event on Saturday. Shaw said her old medications were piling up after her doctor changed her prescription.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 16:53 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office hopes fewer unwanted prescription drugs are on bathroom shelves and affecting the water system after its drug “take-back” event on Saturday.

OSCO members were stationed in front of several Walmart locations, including the Crestview Super center, to take back unused prescription drugs. Walmart stores in Niceville, Destin and Fort Walton Beach were also accepting drop-offs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"This program is a very safe and effective way to make sure those pills are properly disposed of," Michele Nicholson, an OCSO spokesperson,  said. "This will be our third year taking part and it has been very successful."

The department collaborated with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the event. The Crestview location had a drop-off box that allowed the public simply to place their unused prescriptions into.  The service is free with no questions asked. 

“It’s a very good thing that they are doing,” Crestview resident Josephine Shaw said, adding that her medications were piling up after he doctor changed her prescription.

“My doctors told me I shouldn’t flush them down the toilet,” Shaw said.

That’s when she decided to participate in the program.

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