It’s spring-cleaning time, don’t forget about your old and unused medication.
Ennis and Madison County residents will have the chance to dispose of unwanted medication on April 30, 2022. This is an annual event meant to prevent drug misuse, overdose and addiction in Ennis and Madison County.
Drug overdose deaths topped 100,000 between April 2020 and April 2021, according to provisional data released in November by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It represented an increase of about 28% during the same period the year before.
About 75% of the 100,306 people who died from a drug overdose between April 2020 and April 2021 overdosed on opioids, according to the CDC. Surveys have shown a majority of people who misuse prescription drugs obtained them from a family member or friend.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30, Ennis Police Officers will be collecting medication at Ennis Town Hall. Residents may drop off prescription and over-the-counter medication including pet medicine — both in pill-form only, and prescription patches. Those participating may dispose of the medicine in its original container and if they choose remove any identifying information from the prescription label. Sorry but the drop-off event is not meant for businesses, clinics or medical or health care facilities.
Even if you don’t have medication to drop off stop by and say “hi”, we hope to see you there.