Blount County residents turn in unwanted prescriptions

Blount County residents turn in unwanted prescriptions

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Residents dropped off unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal. Residents dropped off unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal.

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Blount County officials held another successful drug take-back event on Saturday.

Residents with unwanted prescription drugs were able to drop off their medications in a safe and responsible way.

Organizers said people shouldn't throw unwanted drugs away or hold onto them in medicine cabinets. Flushing them is also not recommended because it pollutes the local water supply.

They say the best thing to do is give them to authorities who know how best to dispose of them.

"You don't want to leave them in your medicine cabinets, so if they're unused, expired, unwanted, you bring 'em by this site and it's a good way to get them out of your home," said Jessica Stith of the Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team. "It prevents your kid getting a hold of them, or someone else's. It also helps lower the chance that you'll have a burglary in your home."

For those who missed the event, drugs can still be dropped off anonymously in a drop box in front of the Blount County Justice Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"Drug Take-Back Day" is sponsored by the Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team and the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force.

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