HCSAC to hold drug takeback
It is no secret that drug abuse has become an epidemic locally, statewide and nationally.
In efforts to reduce prescription medication from hitting the streets, this Saturday, Oct. 26, is National Drug Take-back day.
“The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department and the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Inc. will be conducting ‘Operation Medicine Bottle’ and will be set up at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public to rid themselves of unwanted prescription medications,” said HCSAC Executive Director Paul Hyde. “We will not accept liquids, creams, Albuterol ampoules for breathing machines or sharps (needles or syringes) at the event.”
Citizens are encouraged to bring any unused or unwanted prescription medication during this event. The medications will be counted by pharmacy technicians and then destroyed by the drug “terminator” which incinerates the drugs in a burner.
There is a second option for those unable to attend Saturday’s drug collection.
“As many of you may realize, we now have a second option available to the public on a Monday through Friday basis,” Hyde said. “Last year we installed a permanent prescription medication drop-box at the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department on Allison Street.”
The permanent drop box is available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is under 24-hour surveillance.
- From Staff Reports