BY: ZACH HARMUTH
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22, Williamson County will have an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted or expired prescription medication during National Drug Take-Back Day with local law enforcement, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition (WCADC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Drop off your unwanted pills for disposal at Brentwood Police Department, Walgreens on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 408 Century Court or Walgreens on Main Street in Spring Hill across from Publix. They cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
At past events, Williamson County residents turned in over 400 pounds of prescription drugs with the WCADC and local law enforcement.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Prescriptions that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse or abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and Williamson County are alarmingly high, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.