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Prescription Drug Take Back Day events to take place across the Mid-South

Tennesseans can collect the medications they are ready to dispose, bring them to a nearby event and drop them off with no questions asked.

 Judy Black

MEMPHIS, Tenn — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is encouraging residents in Tennessee to participate in state-wide events for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

According to a news release from TDMHSAS, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage the safe and secure disposal of potentially addictive and otherwise harmful prescription medications.

“In Tennessee, community groups including the state’s Substance Use Prevention Coalitions team up with local law enforcement and other partners to host Take Back Day events. The events serve to collect thousands of pounds of medications while also providing opportunities to start conversations about preventing substance misuse and addiction,” said the news release.

TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams said Tennesseans can collect the medications they are ready to dispose, bring them to a nearby event and drop them off with no questions asked.

“By reducing the supply of potentially addictive medications and addressing the misuse of prescription pills before it starts, we’re hopeful we can prevent deaths from substance use including fentanyl-laced counterfeit prescription pills,” said Williams.

In Memphis, there will be a Drug Take Back Day event at 4158 Park Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 28. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find a drug drop off box near you, click here.

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