On Saturday, October 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. 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 nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.
Saturday marks the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 19th 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.
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