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Terri Lawson, secretary and board member of the Wilson County Community Partnership, is heading up the event. We just encourage people to come on out, she said, adding it would be a great opportunity to get rid of medications that have expired.


The medications can be in tablet or liquid form. You can leave the labels on or remove them, if you wish. Lawson said the medications will be placed inside a container and will be incinerated.


Information from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services noted that drug take-back events remove thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances from homes.


The importance, officials said, 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 held Saturday around Tennessee.


Local prescription drug take-back events are held twice a year in conjunction with national efforts, she noted.


WCCP, Lawson said, is a local community group thats been involved in the community for several years. It began a few years ago with an eye toward working with at-risk youth and has evolved into other areas and events.


The group meets once a month for education and information and often has a guest speaker to discuss various topics with members. If you would like more information about WCCP, email Lawson at tlawson@tcsw.org, and she will add you to the list to be contacted about meetings and upcoming events. You may also visit www.wilsoncountycommunitypartnership.com to learn more.

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