NASHVILLE – On Saturday, September 27th, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will have a collection point at TBI Headquarters at 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard in Nashville to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event, sponsored nationally by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The public is welcome to anonymously drop off prescription pills and patches for safe disposal. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted as part of this take-back effort.

Drug Take BackMedicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised the common methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (more than 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. In all of its previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have collected more than 4.1 million pounds of unwanted prescription pills.

To find other participating locations throughout Tennessee, visit the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control online at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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