The Newbern Police Department will host the Drug Enforcement Agency's Take Back Day program this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Newbern Drug Health Mart, 625 West Main St., Newbern. Police will man a take-back station at the location and give residents a chance to rid their home medicine cabinets of unused and potentially dangerous medications.
"We've been highly successful with the previous take-backs that we've participated in and we hope this Saturday's event will be equally successful," said Newbern Police Lt. Greg Barr.
An officer will be accepting unwanted and expired prescription medications at the site from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no paperwork to fill out and no questions will be asked.
DEA and 4,300 local law enforcement partners are setting up 7,500 disposal sites across the country. The sites have been provided as an alternative to flushing medication down the toilet or drain. These methods may provide immediate disposal, but are harmful to the environment. Medications in wastewater have been proven to cause adverse effects to aquatic life and can cause unintentional human exposure if the water is reused by humans.
Local residents in Dyersburg may also take advantage of the Drug Take Back program in downtown Dyersburg on Saturday at City Drug from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.