Residents are encouraged to drop off unused or expired medication for safe disposal 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. In home that use septic tanks, prescription drugs that get flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into ground water.
No liquids or needles will be accepted.
Participants may dispose of the drugs from their container and keep them or turn them over with the labels.
And local law enforcement officials say it's accomplishing that goal.
It's time to clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of any unwanted drugs so they can't fall into the wrong hands. The EPA has also advised that in cities where homes are connected to wastewater treatment plants, drugs that get flushed can pass through the treatment system and make their way into rivers and lakes and into drinking supplies.
The DEA started this program in September 2010 as a temporary measure; however, it has proven so popular and so successful that it has been made permanent. "While Tennesseans turned in 68,053 pounds of unwanted or expired medications, nationally, a record-setting 912,305 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription medications were collected in more than 5,300 sites made available across the United States".
Officials also point out that opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the US and a top public health concern. (DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps.) "Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes", said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.
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