Rain did not hinder the Drug Take Back

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 10/28/17

Though Saturday was quite rainy, several still participated in the Drug Take Back event at Walgreen's on North Ocoee Street and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.The Bradley County Sheriff’s …

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Rain did not hinder the Drug Take Back

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Though Saturday was quite rainy, several still participated in the Drug Take Back event at Walgreen's on North Ocoee Street and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors (GRAAB), Walgreen's and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in proving the locations to drop-off leftover or unused medications.

A total of 109 pounds of expired and unused prescription medications were collected.

The nationwide prescription "drug take-back” initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

For those who missed Saturday’s event, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office offers a continuous program where residents can drop off unwanted prescription drugs at their administrative offices, inside the Criminal Investigation Division’s lobby.

Anybody needing further information about the program should call 423-728-7336.

Walgreen's sales associate Jordan Levi said that he is glad his company is involved in the event.

"I am just out of high school, and it is great for these pharmaceuticals to be out of their hands because they can really be injured taking the wrong drugs," Levi said.

Cassandra Stone of the BCSO echoed Levi's sentiments, stating how dangerous it can be to get get parents' drugs that are kept in medine cabinets. The "drug take back" program allows these drugs to be disposed in safe and anonymous ways.

Cheryl Prince, a transplanted Bradley County resident from Indiana, said that it is wonderful that the program exists.

The "drug take back" helps to eliminate mistaken uses of old medications that could happen from other family members, children, and friends; decreases availabilities of sharing prescribed medication to others; helps protect the purity of the water supplies; can help prevent and minimize the chance of early addictions; and can help prevent accidental poisoning from incorrect or outdated medications.

Along with the drug take back event, Shred It was present to help dispose of papers that need to remain with anonymous information.

"Yes, it has been a rainy day, but this is such an important event that we did not want to cancel or reschedule," said GRAAB Director Tonya Southerland.


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