By Keeli Parkey
The proper removal of unwanted prescription medication is an important step in making sure your home is a safe environment for adults and children, according to Christy A. Smith, director of the Unicoi County Prevention Coalition.
Unicoi County residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Drug Take-Back Day held at Erwin Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Working with the Erwin Police Department, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, Unicoi County Health Department, Roller Pharmacy, the ETSU College of Pharmacy and volunteers, Smith and other officials will be on hand to collect and dispose of prescriptions that have expired or are unwanted, both antibiotics and narcotics.
“We don’t take anything over four ounces of liquid,” Smith said.
“A lot of people have medications they don’t know what to do with,” Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson previously said. “Flushing them down the toilet is not the best way to dispose of them.”
Unwanted prescriptions should not be thrown in the garbage, Tilson also said.
Disposing of unwanted prescription medication can prevent accidents and crime.
“Accidents do happen. Children don’t understand how powerful these medications are,” Tilson said. “People have broken into homes and stolen prescription medications, so getting rid of the drugs is beneficial.”
Tilson also said disposing of the prescription medications, particularly narcotics, will prevent prescription drug abuse, which is a serious issue.
For those who want to dispose of unwanted medications, but cannot attend Saturday’s event, Smith reminds them that there are two secure disposal boxes in the county – one at Erwin Town Hall and one at the UCSD office on Jackson-Love Highway.