Law enforcement agencies are urging people to include medicine cabinets in their spring cleaning regimen, offering Drug Take-Back Events at numerous locations on Saturday.
This one-day event will make it convenient for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Unwanted medicines that are stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse and the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses are alarmingly high because of these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards with the substances ending up in the environment.
Among the agencies offering Drug Take-Back Day events are:
The Brentwood Police Department: From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Representatives from the Brentwood Police Department and the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition will be standing by at the Brentwood Municipal Center, 5211 Maryland Way, where residents will be able to drop off their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs
They are not able to accept liquids, needles or sharps of any kind.
Brentwood also has a drop box for unwanted drugs inside the City Hall building at the Municipal Center.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday accepting outdated and unwanted prescription drugs at Kroger, 4726 Traders Way in Thompson’s Station. The service is in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
The Spring Hill Police Department will be be part of a Take-Back event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday at Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center, 5290 Main Street in Spring Hill. There will also be a drug take-back box at Spring Hill City Hall, located at 199 Town Center Parkway.
Maury Regional Medical Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maury Regional Medical Office Building at 1222 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. Sites cannot take liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches will be accepted.
Last fall, Americans turned in approximately 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous take back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.