GPD participating in National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Gatlinburg Police Department will provide the public an opportunity to rid their homes with potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Those wishing to dispose of the unwanted medications can bring them to the Gatlinburg Police Department, located at 1230 East Parkway in Gatlinburg, and drop them in the prescription drug takeback receptacle in the lobby. Accepted medications that may be dropped off includes pills or patches. Liquids, needles or sharps can not be accepted.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Last fall, Americans turned in over 985,000 pounds through 4,587 collection sites across the Country. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, have now collected over 6,800 tons of prescription drugs since the inception of the program.

Saturday marks the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 20th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator. The Gatlinburg Police Department has its collection receptacle for unwanted prescription drugs set up in the lobby of its offices year-round.

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