Several Daviess County departments are teaming up for next weekend’s drug take back day.

The Washington Stormwater Department, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, and the Odon Police Department are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs. Medications will be collected at the Washington Fire Department at 200 Harned Avenue in Washington or at the Odon Police Department at 401 South Grove Street in Odon. The take back service is anonymous, free, and no questions will be asked.

Last April, 371 tons of prescription drugs were collected at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its law enforcement partners across America. Four days after the first event which was held back in 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act which allows for an ‘ultimate user’ of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by taking them to those entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The act also allowed for the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

These events will continue to be held every few months until regulations being drafted by the DEA to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 are adopted.