DEA Drug Take Back Day held Saturday


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Drug Enforcement Administration held its annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24.

News Channel 11 spoke with an assistant professor at the Gatton College of Pharmacy, who said that these drug drop-off opportunities not only help make space in cabinets, but they also prevent opportunities children might have to access unneeded or expired medication.

“This is an opportunity for people to be reminded that they needs to clean out their cabinets,” said Kari Lynn Dowling-McClay. “With medications laying around the home, there can be accidental access by children and even pets that can be a danger.

“Access to prescription drugs can be a starting place for substance abuse disorder. So, keeping those things out of the home and away from access is important.”

The DEA set up drop-off locations all across the country for people to dispose of prescription drugs.

During the event, tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of drugs were collected. The DEA also accepted vape pens or e-cigarette devices if the batteries are removed.

Liquids, syringes and other sharp objects cannot be dropped off. No illegal drugs will be accepted.

The service is free and entirely anonymous with no questions asked.

According to a release from the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse are “alarmingly high” in the U.S., along with accidental poisonings and overdoses.

The drug collection sites adhered to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

“The initiative – now in its tenth year – addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said
DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly
susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Together with our partners, we are not only holding
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but offering other ways to dispose of unwanted, unused,
and expired prescription medications.”

You can find the closest collection site by clicking here.

To safely dispose of prescription drugs any other time of the year, bring them to any of the DEA’s 11,000 authorized collectors. You can learn more about how to do so by clicking here.

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