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Update: Four area police departments will accept unused meds on Saturday

(ASAP of Anderson press release/staff reports) As we have been reminding you on our Community Bulletin Board, Anderson County is once again participating in the DEA’s Rx Drug Take Back Day on April 27th, 2019.

Earlier, we told you that you can drop off any unwanted, expired or unused medications at three of the county’s police departments, but in a press release issued Monday, ASAP of Anderson says that four municipal police departments will be taking part.

Community members can bring their expired or unused medicines to one of the Anderson County Take Back locations anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm this Saturday. Collection sites in Anderson County include:

  • Clinton Police Department, 125 W Broad St, Clinton, TN 3716
  • Oak Ridge Police Department, 200 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
  • Norris Police Department, 9 W Circle Road, Norris, TN 37828
  • Rocky Top Police Department, 104 Lawson St, Rocky Top, TN 37769

The National Rx Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and that number has continued to climb in recent years. Studies show many of the misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in our community and communities across the U.S. In addition, the medications taken back on Saturday will be properly disposed of so that they do not end up contaminating area waterways.

Items that are accepted for disposal include prescription medications (unwanted, expired, unused), antibiotics/steroids, cold and flu medications, vitamins/herbal supplements, pet medications, medication samples, and medication ointments/lotions.

Anderson County also has six permanent disposal bins located throughout the county – one in each Police Department in Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, and Rocky Top, as well as at Walgreens Oak Ridge next to the pharmacy counter. These bins are available to community members anytime for disposal.

For more information, contact ASAP of Anderson at 865-457-3007 or visit www.ASAPofAnderson.org. For questions about individual locations, contact the police departments directly. Follow @ASAPofAnderson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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