- Cullman, Alabama

April 26, 2013

Police hosting drug ‘Take Back’ day

By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times

— Have unwanted or expired prescription drugs in the cabinet to get rid of but don't know how to properly dispose of them?

The City of Cullman Police Department can help.

On Saturday, the department is participating in the Alabama Department of Mental Health's National Prescription Drug Take Back day. The event is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the police department.

"This event is for people who don't know what to do with their prescription drugs after they've expired or the ones they don't need anymore," said David Nassetta, an investigator with the Cullman Police Department.

Nassetta said all of the medication turned in will be picked up by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and destroyed.

"A lot people will flush it down the toilet, but we've learned it's not best to do that." Nassetta said. "We take it and it gets incinerated so there are no problems after they get turned in."

The effort represents the sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA, as well as state and local law enforcement, collaborate to offer the initiative. Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites. In the five previous Take Back Day events, more than two million pounds of pills have been collected.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at