(WJHL) – It’s estimated that more than 1,000 people die in Tennessee each year from drug overdoses.
If you have any unused medication piling up in your home that risk goes up. What should you do if you have old prescription medications? By all means, do not flush them down the toilet.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all Tennesseans to take part in a major campaign to prevent the misuse of old medications.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for September 26.
“It is so important to discard unused prescription medications from your home to ensure they are not obtained, misused, and abused by family and friends,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “By joining in Drug Take-Back Day, you will be taking the best approach in removing unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs from your home and eliminating the possibility they’ll harm someone else who gets their hands on them.”
What can you do?
First, check for unused prescriptions in your medicine cabinets, under the sink, in kitchen drawers, purses, and other containers or bags.
Then, bring prescriptions in their original containers and remove all labeling on packages, bottles and containers before disposing, to ensure your protection and privacy.
Now, CLICK HERE to locate the nearest Prescription Drug Take-Back Box location in Tennessee.
“This is a great partnership with law enforcement. It’s free, anonymous and no questions asked,” said Commissioner Varney. “We need to do all we can to encourage people to participate, as the rate of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is high, as are the number of accidental poisonings.”
Many overdoes, addictions and overdoses can be prevented if prescriptions were disposed of properly.
“Every pill that’s not properly disposed of is a chance it will result in an unintended overdose of death,” said Commissioner Varney. “I urge all Tennesseans to take part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, so these unused drugs don’t harm those we love and care for the most.”