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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for April 27

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 07:04am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is proud to announce that 23 of our funded county-level substance abuse prevention coalitions are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27. The coalitions will partner with local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 33 locations across the state for the event.

Drug take-back events remove thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances from homes and raise awareness of permanently installed prescription drug disposal boxes in communities. The importance of removing unused medications from homes cannot be over emphasized, as more than 8,000 Tennesseans have died from drug overdoses in the past 10 years. Organizers estimate that more than 5,775 pounds of medication will be collected at these events around Tennessee.

Most events will take place nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but times may vary at individual sites. The locations for the events around Tennessee are:

  • ANDERSON COUNTY: ASAP of Anderson County Coalition
    • Oak Ridge Police Department, 200 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge
    • Food City, 1199 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge
    • Food City, 508 E Tri County Blvd, Oliver Springs
    • Food City, 507 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton
  • BLOUNT COUNTY: Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team
    • Blount County Justice Center, 940 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville
  • COFFEE COUNTY: Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition
    • First Vision Bank, 2134 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester
    • Walgreens, 700 North Jackson St., Tullahoma
  • DAVIDSON COUNTY: Nashville Prevention Partnership Coalition
    • Metro Nashville Police, 501 Broadway, Nashville
  • DICKSON COUNTY: Drug Free Dickson Coalition
    • First Bank, 345 Tennessee Hwy 46, Dickson
  • FRANKLIN COUNTY: Franklin County Prevention Coalition
    • Franklin County Sheriff Department, 2675 Decherd Blvd., Winchester
  • GRUNDY COUNTY: Grundy Safe Communities Coalition
    • Grundy County Sheriff, 62 Spring St., Altamont
    • Tracy City Police Department, 50 Main St., Tracy City
    • Palmer Drugs, 571 Main St., Palmer
  • HAMBLEN COUNTY: Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Inc.
    • Wal-Mart Shopping Center, 1375 Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown
  • JACKSON COUNTY: Community Prevention Coalition of Jackson County
    • Jackson County Rescue Squad, 703 School Dr., Gainesboro
  • JEFFERSON COUNTY: Rescue 180 Coalition
    • Food City, 123 W. Highway 25-70, Dandridge
  • JOHNSON COUNTY: A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition, Inc.
    • Food Country Parking Lot, 100 N. Church St., Mountain City
  • KNOX COUNTY: Metropolitan Drug Commission
    • Walgreens, 5320 Clinton Hwy., Knoxville
  • OBION COUNTY: Obion County Prevention Coalition
    • Baptist Memorial Hospital, 808 Bishop St., Union City
  • OVERTON COUNTY: Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition
    • Walgreens, East Main St., Livingston
  • MCMINN COUNTY: MADCAT, Inc.
    • Justice Center, White Street, Athens
  • PUTNAM COUNTY: Power of Putnam Coalition
    • Walgreens, 500 South Willow Ave., Cookeville
    • Walgreens, 950 North Washington Ave., Cookeville
  • RUTHERFORD COUNTY: Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County
    • Middle Tennessee Medical Center, 1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
    • LaVergne Police Department, 5093 Murfreesboro Rd., LaVergne
  • SCOTT COUNTY: STAND Coalition
    • Walgreens, Alberta Avenue, Oneida
    • Scott County Pharmacy, Baker Highway, Huntsville
  • SMITH COUNTY: Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition
    • Smith County Chamber of Commerce, 939 Upper Ferry Road, Carthage
  • TIPTON COUNTY: Anti-Drug Coalition of Tipton County
    • 1801 S. College St., Covington
    • 334 Atoka-Munford Ave., Atoka
  • WASHINGTON COUNTY: Insight Coalition
    • Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City
  • WEAKLEY COUNTY: Weakley County Prevention Coalition
    • Gazebo behind Martin Police Department, 101 University St., Martin
  • WILLIAMSON COUNTY: Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition
    • Franklin Police Department, 900 Columbia Ave., Franklin

All DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events are listed online at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback. For more information about participating coalitions in Tennessee, go online to the TDMHSAS website at http://tn.gov/mental/A&D/PreventServDoc/Prevention%20Services%20Directory%20FY%2013.pdf.

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