EPD participating in National Drug Take-Back Day

Published 4:15 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2022

With National Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 30, The Elizabethton Police Department will be joining in National Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, giving the pubic a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethton Police Department located at 511 E. F St. in Elizabethton.
This year, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Health, and TN Together are teaming up to encourage participation in the upcoming National Drug Take-Back Day.
When it comes to prescription drugs, the following steps are encouraged:
  • Count it. Make it a goal to count your pills once every two weeks. This will prevent theft and help ensure medications are taken properly.
  • Lock it. Lock up your medications and store them in a secure place that others would not think to look.
  • Drop it. Drop off your unused or expired medications for proper disposal at drop boxes located in participating law enforcement offices or pharmacies.
A list of accepted and prohibited items are as follows:
Accepted Items
  • Liquid medications (in leak-proof containers)
  • Medicated ointment, lotions, or drops
  • Pills in any packaging (glass bottles, plastic containers, plastic bags, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter liquid medications (in leak-proof containers)
  • Pet medications
Prohibited Items
  • Blood sugar equipment
  • Sharps/needles*
  • Illegal drugs & narcotics (police will accept these items if placed in the container)
  • Thermometers*
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc.) safe At-Home Disposal

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