KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – In honor of United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Oak Ridge Police Department has organized a drive-thru drug drive.
The event was created to help highlight the critical need to properly dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs. Stacey Pratt, Project Director for As soon as possible from Anderson says collecting drugs for incineration is the best alternative to flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.
“A lot of studies have taken place in Tennessee and have found drugs in our water supply, and do things like interfere with the reproductive functions of fish and other animals that live in our water in Tennessee,” says Pratt.
In the first hour of the recovery, the police department collected nearly 70 books of old prescriptions.
The DEA says pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or without a doctor’s supervision.
They also say that non-medical prescription drug use ranks second after marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
If a take-back program isn’t available, you can take the medications out of their bottles and mix them with something nasty like kitty litter or coffee grounds. After that, seal them in a disposable bag or container and throw it away.
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