Drug Take Back drive begins on Monday
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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MISSY COLLINS, Janet Conley of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and Tanya Southerland of GRAAB Coalition put up a sign directing people to the entrance where unneeded prescription and nonprescription medications can be dropped out at the Bradley County Judicial Center during the week of Sept. 24 -29.
MISSY COLLINS, Janet Conley of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and Tanya Southerland of GRAAB Coalition put up a sign directing people to the entrance where unneeded prescription and nonprescription medications can be dropped out at the Bradley County Judicial Center during the week of Sept. 24 -29.
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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is planning another Drug Take Back event because of the popularity of the program which helps residents clear their medicine cabinets of unneeded prescription drugs. Officials are also asking for canned items to be brought during this special collections week.

The canned goods will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank, according to officials.

Officials will begin accepting unused or unwanted medications Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The program is a nationwide effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration and GRAAB Coalition (Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors) also takes part in the program.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, 170 pounds of drugs were collected from area residents during last spring’s latest prescription drug roundup.

“We know that during the course of time, residents’ prescriptions go out of date or unused and we will provide the opportunity for them to bring their drugs into our office for safe disposal,” Gault said.

“Drug Take Back week provides an opportunity for cleaning out the medicine cabinet,” said Gault said.

The unused drugs are collected at the Sheriff’s Office, then documented and loaded onto a trailer provided by the DEA. At that point they are taken for proper disposal.

If unused drugs are simply flushed in a toilet or poured down a drain, they can leach into the water table and pose environmental concerns.

The collections are performed to keep the environmental impact from occurring as well as presenting an opportunity to collect unneeded medications and possibly even curb prescription drug abuse, according to Gault.

Officials said they could not accept radioactive drugs or hypodermic needles.

For additional information, contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 728-7336.