Dispose of unused prescription meds on Take-Back Day

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – when thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances are removed from homes around the United States – will be  on Oct. 26.

The aim of the event is to help reduce the number of teens and adults who are abusing prescription medicines.

The event is held twice each year and helps raise awareness of the permanent prescription-drug-disposal boxes that have been established around the nation.

Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department are among the locations for 82 permanent prescription drug disposal boxes at law enforcement facilities in 47 counties across Tennessee.

Law enforcement professionals highly recommend the use of these permanent boxes throughout the year to reduce the possibility of theft and accidental overdose.

“The importance of removing unused medications from homes cannot be overemphasized,” said Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner E. Douglas Varney.

“More than 1,000 Tennesseans die yearly from drug overdoses, and many of them could be prevented if prescription medication was disposed of properly.”

Organizers estimate that more than 6,000 pounds of medication will be collected during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events around Tennessee.

Oliver Springs is among the communities participating in the event with a special collection site.

Prescription drugs may be disposed of in Oliver Springs during the event at Oliver Springs Food City at 508 E. Tri County Blvd.

Most National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nationally.

For information about the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, go online to http://goo.gl/vQ0Mi5.

For information about Tennessee’s substance abuse prevention effort around the state, visit http://goo.gl/mrvZW4, or contact Michael Rabkin at 615-532-6597 or Michael.Rabkin@tn.gov.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served.

For details, visit www.tn.gov/mental.