Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 30

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Local law enforcement agencies will participate in the DEA's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, at various locations throughout Dyer County.

In an effort to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medicines the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will again partner with local law enforcement agencies in their second annual nationwide Prescription Drug Take-back Day.

This initiative is a response to the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse and the number of accidental poisoning and overdoses due to these drugs.

The take-back provides an outlet for residents to properly dispose of unused medicines, rather than throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet, which are both potential safety and health hazards.

The West Tennessee Drug Task Force has been working to organize the event with local law enforcement agencies throughout Dyer County. Last year's take-back resulted in nearly 70 pounds of prescription drugs being collected for disposal.

"We had a really good response the last time we did the take-back," said Special Agent in Charge Rob Harrison, West Tennessee Drug Task Force. "We are hoping for an even better turnout this year."

This year, the Dyersburg Police Department, the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, the Newbern Police Department and the Trimble Police Department will all participate in the event.

Drug take-back locations on Saturday, April 30:

* The DPD and the Dyer County Sheriff's department will team together on collection day at their site inside the Dyersburg Mall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* The Newbern Police Department will have a drop-off site at the Newbern Police Depart-ment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* The Trimble Police Department will be collecting at Trimble City Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Harrison stated there would be no questions asked when a person drops the drugs off to be disposed of.

"No names have to be provided and we don't even have to know what the items are," said Harrison.

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  • think i'd be suspicious the d e a, & f b i, & homeland security would possibly be there taking pictures, hee! hee! rather do it the old fashion way--flushing down toliet (in private, knowing that is soooo dangerous) or burying (in the back yard) with that old dog that passed away last year. but, y'all have fun anyway!

    -- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 7:03 AM
  • As hard as it is to get pain meds (for any reason) I ain't going to give mine up!

    -- Posted by Dude2010 on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 8:04 PM
  • this has gotta be the biggest news story the state gazette has come up w/in a long time...guess only 2 people took time to read!

    -- Posted by closerlook on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 7:08 PM
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