National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

April 24, 2013
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is proud to announce that 23 of its funded county-level substance abuse prevention coalitions are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27. The coalitions will partner with local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in more than 30 locations across the state for the event.

The Smithville Police Department is partnering in the Prescription Take-Back Day which will be Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the city hall on the public square. Motorists should pull into the drive-through on the side of the building where you pay your water bill. Someone will be outside the building to collect the medications.

Drug take-back events remove thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances from homes and raise awareness of permanently installed prescription drug disposal boxes in communities. The importance of removing unused medications from homes cannot be over emphasized, as more than 8,000 Tennesseans have died from drug overdoses in the past 10 years. Organizers estimate that more than 5,775 pounds of medication will be collected at these events around Tennessee.

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