Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Drug take-back day is Saturday, April 28

Code enforcement officers organize pills dropped off at the Lee County Sheriff's Office Code enforcement officers organize pills dropped off at the Lee County Sheriff's Office
Delia Stanley | 25 April, 2018, 16:07

While liquids, needles and sharps mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemo/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, illicit drugs or other medical supplies can not be accepted, anyone with unused, unwanted or expired medications in pill form is encouraged to take part in the program. The spring take back day is from 7:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. April 24.

Martella's Pharmacy in Park Hill will accept unwanted drugs from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.

"Eighty percent of new users of heroin started with a prescription medication, and most first-time abusers of painkillers obtained them from a friend or relative", Collins outlined. To find the drop-off location on the south side of the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

The 15th Drug Take Back event will be held Friday and Saturday.

Campus officials request, if possible, people leave medicines in their original packaging.

Participants may dispose of the drugs from their container and keep them or turn them over with the labels.

Volunteers will not accept syringes, needles, liquids or inhalers.

The nonmedical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time high.

Target 2 was there last October as the state Department of Justice processed thousands of pounds of unwanted medicine collected across the state.

'Take-back' boxes are great places to dispose of unwanted and no longer needed prescription drugs.

"Most people don't realize this, but there are more people that have issues with pharmaceuticals and overdoses than there are of cocaine, heroine and ecstasy combined", Sullivan said.

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