Countywide drug take-back day is Oct. 28

Published 10:36 am Monday, October 23, 2017


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Those looking to get rid of unwanted or unused prescription medications will be able to do so at several locations throughout Shelby County in late October, as multiple law enforcement agencies are holding their fall drug take-back day.

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force is partnering with the Pelham Police Department, the Alabaster Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office to hold the drug take-back day on Saturday, Oct. 28.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., law enforcement officers will man the following five drop-off locations:

-Fred’s at 21665 Alabama 25 in Columbiana

-The Greystone YMCA at 5414 U.S. 280 in Birmingham

-The Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis St.

-Target at 250 South Colonial Drive in Alabaster

-Winn Dixie at 150 Chelsea Corners in Chelsea

At each location, locals can either drop off unused and unwanted prescription medication in a drive-through or in person. Officers will be available at each location to answer questions and distribute information. The take-back is a “no questions asked” event for those dropping off prescription medications, and those wishing to remain anonymous can mark through their information on the pill bottle in permanent marker.

Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Commander Lt. Clay Hammac previously said the local agencies hold the take-back days multiple times each year in an effort to remove a potential source of drug abuse, especially among young adults.

In addition to the two take-back days held each year, year-round prescription drug drop-off boxes are available at the Alabaster Police Department, Chelsea Fire and Rescue Station, Harpersville Police Department, North Shelby Fire District, Pelham Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Montevallo Department of Public Safety.