By Peter Becker

Managing Editor

MILFORD - Pike County Sheriff Philip Bueki has announced that the next "drug take back" opportunity will be held Saturday, April 27, between 10 a..m. and 2 p.m. at the Sheriff's office in Milford. Unwanted prescription medicines, expired or unused drugs may be dropped off free of charge and with no questions asked.

This is the sixth opportunity in three years, conducted jointly by the Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The idea is to clean out homes of potentially dangerous drugs, keeping them out of hands of those who might abuse them.

Bueki said that in November, when they last did this, they took in over $30,000 worth of medications, totaling over 200 pounds of unwanted tablets, pills and other forms. Included were pain killers such as morphine, Oxycontin and prescribed heroin patches.

The Sheriff said that the patches containing heroin are a hot item on the illegal, open market.

One woman brought in a garbage can full of morphine and oxycotin, which her late husband had used to control pain from cancer.

Medicines you may find laying around your bathroom cabinet become the number one choice drug for kids who abuse them, he noted. Liquid medicine used to help a person sleep at night is misused by people seeking a quick high. he said that parents need to be aware that items such a Robitusn DM can be purchased in large bottles at your local pharmacy, and easily abused.

Flushing unused medicines down the toilet poses a potential health hazard, as does simply throwing them in the trash.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department is located at 500 Broad Street in Milford.

Meanwhile, this Saturday, April 20, the Sheriff as well as others will be speaking about drug abuse awareness at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, Log Tavern Road, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. the public is welcome to this free educational event. Drug issues prevalent in Pike County will be highlighted.