Drug Take Back events aim to curb prescription drug abuse

Do you have unwanted or expired prescriptions in your home? Keep your family and the community safe by disposing of them properly.

Not sure the best way to do this?

Bring them to a Williamson County Anti Drug Coalition (WCADC) Drop It site on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 28.

WCADC will be collecting unwanted or expired prescription medication at the Brentwood Police Department, Fred’s Pharmacy in Fairview, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand at the Walgreens on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.

Drop-offs will be accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at all locations.

PowerPoint PresentationThe disposal service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Needles, sharps, asthma inhalers and illicit drugs are not accepted at the drop box.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, with more than half reportedly obtained from family and friends’ home medicine cabinets. By removing these prescriptions from your home when you’re done with them, you can help reduce the potential for abuse and addiction.

Can’t make it to the drug take back?

Permanent drop-off boxes are available at the following locations:

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
408 Century Court, Franklin

• Nolensville Police Department
7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville

• Fairview City Police Department
7100 City Center Boulevard, Fairview

• Spring Hill Police Department
3636a Royal Park Boulevard, Spring Hill

If you’re unable to drop off your prescriptions for any reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends taking the following steps to dispose of prescription medications when there are no specific disposal instructions:

  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

To learn more about the Williamson County Anti Drug Coalition, visit https://wcadctn.org/

Oct 24, 2017 | Health

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