The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) will host a Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday for anyone who wishes to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs.
According to the WCSO, no questions will be asked, and the event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at a drop-off location at the courthouse next to the sheriff's office at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Neither syringes - used or new - will be accepted, nor will inhalers.
"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."
People across the county should begin checking their medical supplies in preparation for the Drug Take Back Day, he added.
"It's a good idea to keep track of what kind of medications you have and how many tablets, pills, etc. you have used," Bryan said. "Just as you keep other potentially dangerous items in your house away from loved ones, please take care to keep medications out of children's reach. You may even consider locking your medication in a cabinet to avoid anyone abusing your medicines."
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 appreciate cooperative efforts such as this one," Bryan 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."