Drop off expired, unused medications during National Drug Take Back Day

Holly Viers • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Do you have expired or unwanted drugs in your medicine cabinet?

If so, you can dispose of them Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

The event will provide a free, anonymous way for people to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Northeast Tennessee

More than 150 drug take back events will be held across Tennessee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, including those listed below.

• Kingsport: V.O. Dobbins Complex and the Kingsport Justice Center

• Bristol: Bristol Police Department

The event at the V.O. Dobbins Complex will also include a community resource fair, with participation from the Sullivan County Health Department, New Vision Youth, Central Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Upper East Tennessee Human Development, South Central Kingsport Community Development and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport.

Southwest Virginia

Residents can dispose of their medications at one of nine locations in Wise, Lee and Scott counties and the city of Norton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

• Wise County: CVS in Norton, Food City in Big Stone Gap, Food City in Coeburn, Food City in St. Paul and Food City in Wise

• Scott County: Food Country in Duffield, Food City in Weber City and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office in Gate City

• Lee County: Food City in Pennington Gap

Medications that will be accepted are controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications, all solid dosage products and liquids kept in the original container.

The event will not dispose of IV fluids, sharps/needles or illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine.

Why you should participate

National Drug Take Back Day aims to reduce the misuse and abuse rate of medicines that linger in home cabinets. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses caused by these drugs.

In addition, Americans’ usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential health and safety hazards.

Last fall, Americans dropped off a record-setting 912,305 pounds, or 456 tons, of expired and unwanted drugs at more than 5,300 collection sites.

For a complete list of drug take back sites, visit www.dea.gov. If you can’t make it to a take back event, visit www.countitlockitdropit.org to find a drop-off box near you.

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