CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Local law enforcement and organizations are joining with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to urge local residents to rid their homes of dangerous expired, unused and unwanted drugs on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Citizens are urged to bring unused pills or patches (sites cannot accept liquids or needles) for disposal at several stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
Groups involved include Clarksville Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention and Austin Peay State University.
Local Prescription Drug Take Back sites are:
Walmart, 1680 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Walmart, 2315 Madison St.
Sango Pharmacy, 2622 Madison St., Suite A.
Walgreens, 1751 Tiny Town Road.
In addition, the Clarksville Police Department will be at the Fort Campbell Boulevard Walmart to provide information on its Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Program, which provides drop locations for unwanted prescription drugs from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. weekdays throughout the year. The drop boxes are at Department Headquarters, 135 Commerce St.; District 1 office, 211 Cunningham Lane; and District 3 office, 1584 Vista Lane.
During last spring’s Take Back Day, Americans turned in nearly 469 tons of prescription drugs at more than 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11.8 million pounds of pills.
Take Back events address a vital public safety issue. Federal studies show that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including medication being stolen from home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them or throwing them in the trash — both pose safety and health hazards.
For more about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day events, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.