Dispose of Rx drugs safely on Take Back Day on Oct. 24

Both Tullahoma and Fayetteville will host area prescription drop off spots for National RX Take Back Day on Saturday. (Graphic Provided)

Whether it’s opioid pain medications or antidepressants, keeping unfinished prescription drugs in your home can have dire consequences including accidental ingestion by a child, theft by someone struggling with addiction, or even easy access for a teenager experimenting.

Many simply throw unused pill in the trash or flush them down the toilet but this can have adverse environmental effects. Most rural sewage treatment plants lack the ability to thoroughly remove pharmaceutical residue from water supplies.

That’s why it’s crucial to dispose of unfinished prescriptions responsibly.

On Saturday, October 24 the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and private means of disposing of unneeded prescriptions.

Though there are no collection sites in Moore County, according to Metro Moore Sheriff Tyler Hatfield, there are several sites in surrounding counties including the Tullahoma Walmart in Coffee County and Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville. All collections take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a complete lists of southern, middle Tennessee sites, click here. •

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