The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosted a Take Back Event on National Prescription Take Back Day, April 24 2021.
The event was open for anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs.
The event was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two drop-off locations:
- Gibbs Pharmacy- Lebanon
- Three Forks Marketplace, Watertown
Medications you use for legitimate reasons are often subject to theft, and can lead to addiction and ultimately even drug trafficking. Sheriff Bryan noted that 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,” Sheriff Bryan said, noting, “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.”
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.