Bowen said prescription drug abuse is the greatest threat to the local community as recent data from the DEA shows the number of Americans currently abusing prescription drugs is larger than those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.
This just shows you what kind of problem we have, Bowen said.
Nationwide, the previous three Take-Back Days turned in nearly a million pounds, almost 500 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEAs state and local law enforcement partners.
Bowen said incinerating medications is the only proper way to safely dispose of them, as flushing them down the toilet can pollute the water supplies and leaving them in the medicine cabinet after expiration only leaves them open for abuse.
Also on Saturday, the Wilson County Community Coalition will hold its third annual drug take-back from 9 to 11 a.m. at three locations in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.
Last year, the coalition collected 160 pounds of medication with over 45,000 pills and 2,700 of them being controlled substances. You may bring expired or unwanted prescriptions and medications, vitamins, veterinary medications and over the counter drugs.
Bowen said the drug take-back effort is so effective the LPD has considered holding the event several times a year.
Lebanon Police Department is located at 406 Tennessee Blvd. in Lebanon.
The three sites for the Wilson County Community Coalitions drug take-back are the Journey Church located at 212 Leeville Pike in Lebanon, West Wilson Middle School at 935 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet and Three Forks Market at 9000 Sparta Pike in Watertown.
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