The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, April 28. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the Grundy Safe Communities Coalition will host a take-back event in Coalmont, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A record 34 tons (68,053 pounds) of drugs were collected statewide during the October 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On that one day, Tennesseans turned in more drugs than Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio combined.
To help maintain these record-setting numbers, community members are encouraged to stop by the event to drop off their unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept the medications and safely dispose of them, no questions asked.
“Fifty-five percent of Tennesseans who use prescription drugs recreationally got them from a friend or relative,” said Chasity Melton, Coordinator, Grundy Safe Communities Coalition. “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 program funded 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, co-founder of Count It! Lock It! Drop It!®. “The program’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.”
“With 64 percent of Tennesseans’ knowing someone who has become addicted to prescription pain medication, we want to provide more opportunities for people to safely dispose of their medications,” said Dr. Andrea Willis, senior vice president and chief medical officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year, so we can better prevent these addictive drugs from getting into the wrong hands.”
If you can’t make it to a take-back event, you may also dispose of any medications in your home at one of three permanent drop boxes located at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Tracy City Police Department, and the Monteagle Police Department. You can also visit http://countitlockitdropit.org/drop-box-finder/ for eve more drop box locations.
The event will be held at 38 South Industrial Park Road, Coalmont, beside L&L Hardware.