MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The first Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at Middle Tennessee State University was so successful that Campus Pharmacy, Public Safety and Health Promotion organizers immediately began planning for the second one.
Open to both the general public and campus community, it will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center on the east side of campus. The drop-off will be at the drive-up location next to the Campus Pharmacy drive-thru.
The event is being held so that the MTSU community and general public have the opportunity to dispose of expired or unneeded prescriptions and other medications.
To prepare for the collection, organizers request that residents keep medications in their original packaging when possible and black out any personally identifying information on the labels, said Lisa Schrader, director of MTSU Health Promotion.
A little more than 29 pounds was collected in the April take-back event.
Schrader said that events like these help prevent inappropriate and illicit use of medications. as well as environmental damage that could occur if medicines are flushed into the water supply.
“October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, and the campus drug take-back event gives the MTSU community an opportunity to get medicines they no longer need out of their homes and out of danger of being misused," she said. “We were really pleased with the success of the previous drug take-back event in April, and we hope that this fall’s event can be even bigger.”
For more information, call 615-494-8704.