The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition will host a Drug Take Back Event on Tuesday, April 17th. This will be held at the Riverview Regional Hospital in Carthage from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Clean out all of your expired medications and drop them off on for safe disposal.

There will also be Narcan trainings provided at the event, which is a way for anyone in the community to be certified to give overdose prevention medication. Anyone who attends a training session will be eligible to receive an overdose prevention kit at no cost.

For more information, contact the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition at smithcountydrugprevention.orgor 615-588-1622