Drug Take Back Event a Success

Saturday’s ‘Drug Take Back’ events were a success locally. Law enforcement agencies in Vernal and Roosevelt pair up with the DEA twice a year to host Drug Take Back events for citizens to safely rid their homes of unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs. In the previous 11 Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have collected over 6.4 million pounds of pills nationally. According to Uintah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Fletcher, there was a steady stream of people throughout the day and the Vernal location ended up taking back 37 pounds of unused or unwanted prescriptions and other medications. Those that still needed a safe way to dispose of medication can bring it to the drop box at the public safety complex. “People can drop medications off at anytime that is convenient for them,” shares Sgt. Fletcher. “They can also call or stop by our office if they have any questions and we will be more than happy to answer their questions.” Safe disposal of prescription drugs is considered a vital public safety and public health issue as prescription misuse and abuse is alarmingly high in the U.S.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.