For October's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Hamilton County Coalition teamed up with local partners and law enforcement to set-up 18 drug take back locations all throughout the Chattanooga-area.
14 locations were in Hamilton County, 2 were in Sequatchie County, and Marion and Bradley County each had one location.
In terms of promotion, the Coalition mainly used flyers, yard signs and Facebook posts to advertise the National Take Back Day. Through Facebook posts alone, the Coalition reached 2,461 people with information about the different take back locations that were being offered. The Coalition also utilized local media (TV shows, radio stations, news reports) to spread awareness of the take back day.
It was a day with a lot of wind and rain, but at the end of it, 1,564 total pounds of medications were collected - eclipsing the total from April's take back day by more than 200 pounds. Adding in totals from both take back days in 2019, a total of 2,877 pounds of medications were collected for disposal in the Chattanooga-area.
Along with offering take back locations throughout the entire Chattanooga-area, Hamilton County Coalition and its partners also worked to offer document shredding trucks at 2 locations in Hamilton County. 3 different opioid overdose reversal trainings were also held for the public free of charge.