Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

October 24, 2020 local groups will once again team up with the Drug Enforcement Administration the DEA, to aid in the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the region. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event is intended to provide an easy way to properly dispose of potentially hazardous over the counter and prescription drugs that are either expired, left over or simply unwanted.
Lee, Scott and Wise Counties, along with the City of Norton are all participating and will offer safe and proper disposal places between the hours of 9am-1pm on Saturday. This free service is completely anonymous, with no questions asked. Keep in mind that studies have shown that improper disposal of medications, such as throwing them in the trash or disposing of them in the commode have their own potential risks for health and safety issues.
In Lee County, your disposable medications may be taken to either Food City in Pennington Gap, or the Super Dollar Food Center located in Rose Hill.
Medications that will be accepted are those considered controlled, non-controlled and over the counter medications, this also includes all solid dosage products, along with liquids which must remain in their original container. Medications that will not be accepted for disposal purposes include IV fluids, sharps and needles, and illegal substances like methamphetamine and marijuana.
According to studies, unwanted, unused and expired prescriptions that remain in the home can be very tempting to abuse, diversion and misuse. Studies further add that the abuse of prescription drugs is extremely high in America, along with the increasing amount of accidental overdoses due to the accessibility of these drugs that are often obtained from friends and family. For some, the temptation of the medicine is simply too strong.

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