Drug take back events hosted across Tri-Cities

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Several area police agencies along with the ETSU Bill Gatton College Of Pharmacy came together Saturday to provide an opportunity for folks to drop off unused medications free of charge.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said many addictions and overdoses can be prevented if prescriptions are disposed of properly.

Professor at ETSU college of Pharmacy Nick Hagemeier said, “A lot of folks that head down the wrong path of abuse and non-medical use they start by getting medicine from their friends and families medicine cabinets. And it’s really easy to let them accumulate. It’s a great thing to do, like getting an annual physical, at least annually get medications out of your medicine cabinets.”
If you missed Saturday’s drop-off event, many local police departments offer drop-boxes year-round during regular business hours.

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