Grundy Safe Communities Coalition partners with Count It! Lock It! Drop It! for local events
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, April 27. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the GSCC wants to remind you about our permanent drop boxes throughout the county.
According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 25,934 lbs of drugs were collected in Tennessee during the April 2018 Take-Back Day. Tennesseans continue to bring back large amounts of medication during the semi-annual take-back events.
To help maintain these record-setting numbers, community members are encouraged to drop off their unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Please come by and safely dispose of them, no questions asked, at one of the following locations:
· Tracy City Police Department
· Monteagle Police Department
· Grundy County Sheriff’s Office
“Fifty-three percent of Americans who use prescription drugs recreationally got them from a friend or relative according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Chasity Melton, Prevention Coordinator, GSCC. “Take-Back Days are a safe and easy way to protect your loved ones and to get these drugs out of your home.”
“Count It! Lock It! Drop It! is a comprehensive community initiative funded in part by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation that works to empower and educate individuals on how they can help prevent prescription drug misuse,” said Kristina Clark, project manager of Count It! Lock It! Drop It!®. “The initiative’s focus is three easy steps anyone can take to prevent others from accessing their drugs: Count their pills, keep them locked away, and safely dispose of them in an official drop box.”
If you are reading this and the locations mentioned are not close to you, please visit http://countitlockitdropit.org/drop-box-finder/ to find a drop box in your community.