Drug ‘take-back’ events scheduled for Polk and Bradley counties

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 9/25/17

The 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force is planning drug take-back events in Bradley County and Polk County next weekend as part of its efforts to curb substance abuse.

The events will …

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Drug ‘take-back’ events scheduled for Polk and Bradley counties

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The 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force is planning drug take-back events in Bradley County and Polk County next weekend as part of its efforts to curb substance abuse.

The events will allow people to safety dispose of unneeded prescription medications and keep them out of the hands of those who might be tempted to misuse them.

The Drug Task Force is hosting them in conjunction with the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Bridge, On Point, WCLE MIX 104.1, and local law enforcement officials across the district.

“Far too many overdose deaths occur because people do not safely dispose of their opioids and narcotics,” District Attorney General Stephen Crump said.

“Over half of the deaths can be traced back to a medicine cabinet. One of the easy ways to help beat the opioid problem is to simply dispose of the medications.” 

Three drug take-back events are set to take place in Bradley County and Polk County on Saturday, Sept. 30. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the following locations: 

• Posey Gun and Pawn, located at 2524 Keith Street N.W. in Cleveland;

• West Polk Fire and Rescue, located at 6034 Highway 411 in Benton;

• Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, located at 125 Five Points Drive in Ducktown.

These events come on the heels of two similar events in Athens and Madisonville Saturday.

All drug drop-offs will be “anonymous and confidential,” according to the DA’s office. No personal information will be collected at the events.

Partnering organizations will also be on hand to provide the public with information on substance abuse and how one can receive help to overcome it.

Reba Terry, executive director of local anti-drug initiative The Bridge, said these events represent a concrete way people can keep prescription medications from being abused in their homes.

The Bridge, which has partnered with Bradley County Schools to support student-led anti-drug efforts, has targeted prescriptions in its awareness efforts.

Terry said many young people first gain access to drugs by raiding the medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents and others who do not have them stored securely in their homes.

“We want to help get excess prescriptions out of people’s medicine cabinets,” said Terry. “If we don’t have these drugs out there, there may be fewer instances of drug abuse.” 

Any questions about these upcoming events can be directed to the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force at 423-336-9996.

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