Law enforcement agencies are asking residents to turn in unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, Sept. 29, at various Drug Take Back disposal sites that will be available throughout Rutherford County.
“We do this event a couple of times every year,” said Mike Walker, chief of the La Vergne Police Department, which is among the agencies holding the event. “It relieves our residents the burden of having to properly dispose of the medications on their own.”
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., residents may drop off expired and unused medicines in the parking lot of Middle Tennessee Medical Center, located on Medical Center Parkway, or at La Vergne City Hall, located at 5903 Murfreesboro Road.
The countywide Drug Take Back program is being held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County.
The event is designed to address public safety and health-related issues.
According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey, more than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. In addition, approximately 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high every day.
Nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have participated in the event, which usually nets more than 250 tons of pills nationwide.
People wishing to participate in the Murfreesboro program are encouraged to come to the drive-up location and remain in their vehicles to drop off their medications.
“We are requesting that all expired or unused drugs be left in their original labeled prescription bottles or packages so they may be properly identified,” said Maj. Clyde Adkison, of the Murfreesboro Police Department.
“No personal identifying information will be recorded or kept,” he added. “All containers will be destroyed along with the drugs.”
Over-the-counter medicines are also being accepted, as long as the drugs are in the original containers.
Walker also noted that personal information will not saved, but he said residents may “cover their names with a black Sharpie before turning them” if they are concerned about privacy.