---- — DANVILLE — Residents will have a venue to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs this weekend.
On Saturday, deputies with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department will be set up at the Vermilion County Courthouse, 7 N. Vermilion St., to accept unwanted prescription drugs from residents. The service will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said this is the sixth time the sheriff’s department has participated in the program put on nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Last year, he said National Drug Take Back Day resulted in 371 tons collected last year across the U.S.
The prescription medications are taken for free and with no questions asked. The collection is for pills only, and not liquid medications or medical equipment.
The DEA take back program is intended to attack the rate of prescription drug abuse by taking old pills out of medicine cabinets and away from the hands of people for illegal use.