You can get rid of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription medications, along with other medicines, in Clinton, Oak Ridge, and Rocky Top today (Saturday, April 28).
Anderson County is participating in the 2018 DEA Rx Drug Take Back Day, a press release said. The DEA is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Organizations involved in the Drug Take Back Day are ASAP of Anderson, Clinton Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, and Rocky Top Police Department.
Community members can bring their expired or unused medicines to one of the Anderson County Take Back locations anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Drive-through collections sites will be located at the police departments listed below. Each department will be set-up outside in their respective parking lots to receive the expired or unused medicines.
- Clinton Police Department, 125 West Broad Street, Clinton
- Oak Ridge Police Department, 200 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge
- Rocky Top Police Department, 104 Lawson Street, Rocky Top
The National Rx Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue, the press release said. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and that number has continued to climb in recent years. Studies show many of the misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet, the press release said.
The Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in our community and communities across the U.S. Items that are accepted for disposal include prescription medications (unwanted, expired, and unused); antibiotics/steroids, cold and flu medications; vitamins/herbal supplements; pet medications; medication samples; and medication ointments/lotions.
Anderson County also has six permanent disposal bins located throughout the county, one in each police department in Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, and Rocky Top, as well as at Walgreens Oak Ridge next to the pharmacy counter, the press release said. These bins are available to community members anytime to dispose of unused or expired medications.
For more information about the Rx Drug Take Back Day in Anderson, contact ASAP of Anderson at (865) 457-3007 or visit www.asapofanderson.org. For questions about individual locations, contact the police departments directly. You can also follow ASAP of Anderson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.