Her daughter fought an addiction to prescription medication after getting into drugs at a friend’s home. She knows the importance of making sure that the unneeded drugs are out of the home.
“I want parents and grandparents to realize the seriousness of leaving narcotics in their home,” said Baker, of Floyd Volunteer Services. “If I can help save one child from going through this, I have done my job.”
Today, Floyd Medical Center, along with Floyd Against Drugs and the Drug Enforcement Administration, are collecting drugs in the semi-annual Take Back initiative at the Floyd Corporate Canter, located at 420 E. Second Ave., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
According to a news release from FMC, last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds — 276 tons — of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites. In Floyd County more than 600 pounds of unused prescription drugs were collected.
“We will take everything on this day,” Baker said. “The DEA is there. If a parent found something in a kids’ room and didn’t know what to do with it, we will take it, no questions asked.”
Participants will drop their out-of-date or no-longer-needed prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs into a sealed, locked container, no questions asked, and the container is guarded by an armed police officer, according to the news release.
Medics from Floyd Emergency Medical Services will also be on hand to provide free blood pressure screenings.