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Area law enforcement agencies participating in Drug Take-Back Day

April 23rd, 2014 11:09 pm by Nick Shepherd

Area law enforcement agencies participating in Drug Take-Back Day

Give us your prescription drugs.

That is the message being delivered by law enforcement and health officials all across the state and nation as they prepare for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It will be held Saturday.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held around the nation twice a year to raise awareness of permanent prescription drug disposal boxes available to the public.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office and the Kingsport Police Department both have permanent boxes.

East Tennessee State University's prescription drug abuse and misuse research team will partner with a number of local agencies to give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Take-back events are important, officials said, because a majority of prescription drug abuse addicts get their drugs from family and friends.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • Bristol Police Department.
  • Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce.
  • Johnson City Police Department.
  • Jonesborough Fire Hall.
  • Pharmacy professionals will be on hand at some of these events to answer any questions.

    The Kingsport Police Department will not have set hours, but its permanent box is located year round in the lobby of the justice center.

    Last October, Americans turned in more than 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.

    When combined with the amounts that were collected in its seven previous take-back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3.4 million pounds — or more than 1,700 tons — of pills.

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