The Town of Collierville is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tennessee District to conduct the 10th National Prescription drug “Take-Back” program Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collierville Police will be collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at CPD Headquarters, 156 N. Rowlett in Collierville. Only pills or patches will be collected. Liquids, needles and sharps will not be accepted.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
The program is free and anonymous. Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse. In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of medication were collected. Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov.
For more information, please call (901) 457-2520.