The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is serving as a collection point to bring outdated and unneeded prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to be discarded in a way that is environmentally safe.
Sheriff Jim Ruth is urging participants in the Drug Take Back program to also bring a food item for Southern Heritage Bank’s Food Drive. Collection sites are located at the Justice Center.
The Drug Take Back program is for one week only and is coordinated by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Local sponsors are the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the GRAAB (Going Against Addictive Behavior) Coalition.
This is an opportunity for area residents to clear out medicine cabinets of medications they no longer use or can take.
The BCSO has also joined a number of businesses and organizations taking part in the community food drive sponsored by Southern Heritage Bank. Anyone bringing medications to the Justice Center are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned food items for the needy of our community.
Hours for the Drug Take-Back program are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 through Oct. 28; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Collection will take place at the criminal investigations entrance, which is located on the side of the building closest to APD 40.
The DEA does not accept hypodermic needles and radioactive medications.
All discarded medications will be collected by the DEA for disposal in a manner that will not harm the environment.