Sevierville Police Department conducting drug take back program

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Medicines that languish in home cabinets pose many health risks. For that reason the Sevierville Police Department will participate in a National Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Take Back Event on Saturday Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the CVS Pharmacy located at 718 Winfield Dunn Parkway (Highway 66). An SPD officer will be on duty to assist citizens who may have questions.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Days address a vital public safety and public health issue.  According to the DEA unused medicines in the home are highly susceptible to abuse and misuse. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends including the home medicine cabinet.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends including from the home medicine cabinet.

Many Americans dispose of aging prescriptions by flushing them down the toilet. According to the DEA this is environmentally hazardous and may pose potential health and safety hazards. Municipal water systems are not equipped to properly filter many medications which sometimes lead to the presence of medications in tap water.  Traces of prescription medications have also been detected in streams and other ground water sources.

During past drug take back events SPD officers have collected, on average, over forty-five pounds of drugs. In addition to dropping-off drugs at this event, citizens may drop-off drugs at the SPD Drug Take Back receptacle any time or day of the week. The service is free and anonymous. Citizens may drop off all loose pills and powders, liquid drugs, which are only accepted in sealed packaging and sealed drugs and aids such as diabetic supplies and meters. Currently, the department is unable to accept syringes or other types of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with questions may contact Lt. Ken Garner at 865.868.1753 or email at kgarner@seviervilletn.org.

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