The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) will host a Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, April 29, for anyone who wishes to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the drop-off location at the courthouse next to the WCSO at 105 East High Street in Lebanon.
"We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and get rid of expired or medication you are no longer taking," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "Your home medicine cabinet is often where young people begin experimenting with drugs. It's important to recognize this could happen to someone in your home, including your child, your grandchild or your neighbor's child. Please take precautions to avoid a tragedy involving your prescription drugs."
Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs at the most recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day than on any of the previous 10 events since it began in 2010, demonstrating their understanding of the value of this service. The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family.
Medications you use for legitimate reasons are often subject to theft and can lead to addiction and ultimately even drug trafficking. Bryan noted that there is a national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is often the motive in numerous crimes.
"We appreciate cooperative efforts such as this," he said. "We are happy to be able to provide a place where you safely and conveniently dispose of such medicines when they are no longer needed or wanted."
Anyone who would like to drop off medication or drugs, prescription or other, can drop them off at the event with no questions asked. No syringes will be accepted, whether used or new. Inhalers will also not be accepted.