On April 28, Grundy Safe Communities Coalition partnered with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office to host an event for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day. This event, held twice a year, offers people the opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription pills, which are collected and incinerated.
Last October’s Take Back Day saw over 900,000 pounds of pills collected at more than 5,000 sites across the nation. Here in Grundy County, 56 pounds of pills were collected last Saturday. This equals 56 pounds of medications that will not go into the water supply or the wrong hands.
We know that teenagers often experiment with prescriptions drugs that they find in their home or a friend’s home. By taking the initiative to clean out your medicine cabinets or drawers, you have helped prevent yourself from being an accidental drug dealer.
We would like to extend our thanks to all who participated and made this day a success. For those individuals who missed Saturday’s event, you can still help our community by taking your unwanted/expired pills to one of the permanent lockboxes at any time located at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Tracy City Police Department, and the Monteagle Police Department.
Chasity Melton is the coordinator for Grundy Safe Communities Coalition.