The latest counts by city and county law enforcement officials show more than 16,000 prescription drug pills have been disposed of through the month-old drop-off box program.
Through efforts of the Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, one drop box was placed at the Winchester Police Department and one at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in October. The boxes are intended to provide a safe place for members of the community to dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription drugs and to prevent prescription drug abuse.
Scheduled, or controlled drugs, are tightly controlled because of their potential for abuse or risk, and are rated from one to five. The assigned schedules are based on whether the drugs have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S., and their relative abuse potential and likelihood of causing dependence, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
ASAP coordinator Janna Smith said that as of Monday, Sheriff Berl Perdue reported that 6,069 pills had been turned in at the sheriff’s office. Of those, 4,518 were scheduled, and 1,551 were non-scheduled. She said Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer reported that as of the department’s last monthly count on Nov. 21, 10,392 pills had been turned in at the station. Of those, 306 were scheduled, and 10,086 were non-scheduled.