The Wilson County Sheriff's Office will host a "Drug Take Back Day" on Saturday, Sept. 26 for those who wish to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs.
No questions will be asked, and the event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the sheriff's office, located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take Back Initiative.
"It's important to properly dispose of any prescription drugs you are no longer taking or are expired," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "The medicine cabinet is many times the first place young people look to begin experimenting with drugs. Unfortunately, many of us know all too well this can lead to addiction and overdoses, often involving our loved ones."
Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner noted in a recent report that drug overdoses in the state surpassed the number of people killed by motor vehicle accidents and even firearms discharges and blood pressure and kidney diseases in 2014. The number of drug overdoses has been escalating statewide for several years.
Bryan encouraged people to begin looking through their medications now for any they are no longer taking or are expired in preparation for Drug Take Back Day.
"It's important to keep track of what kind of medications you have and how many tablets, pills, etc. you have used," he said. "Just as you keep dangerous products out of reach of children, you may even consider keeping your medications in a locked cabinet. This is especially true if you have young people in the house who you may have never even suspected might try a medication you're taking."
Medications used for legitimate reasons are often subject to theft and can lead to addiction and ultimately even drug trafficking. Bryan noted there is a national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is often the motive in numerous crimes.
"We've seen pharmacy robberies and even murders increasing at an alarming rate because of drug addiction across this state and the entire country," he said, "and it often begins with a young person taking a few pills from someone's medicine cabinet."