It’s official! The spring round of drug take back events has concluded in Anderson County. ASAP partnered with the Oak Ridge Police Department to conduct all these events and ended up collecting over 200 pounds of old, unused, unwanted and expired medication from across the county.

Remember, if you have any medication in your home, the best practice is to Count It! Lock It! Drop It! This helps keep everyone in your household safe from accidental or event intentional misuse.

In addition to the medication disposal drop boxes at every police department in Anderson County, ASAP promotes two DEA National Take Back events a year. The most recent one occurred last Saturday, April 22 with people across the state and country participating (including our friends over at the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

At our Anderson County event, 87 pounds of medication were collected from members of the public. Many brought medication that they told us was decades old! If you came out to that event, ASAP wants to thank you for doing your part and properly disposing of your medication.

87 pounds were recovered from Oak Ridge Police Department's Take Back Event.

In addition to the national event, take back events were held for employees of ORNL and ORAU as a part of their Earth Day celebrations. Employees showed up at both facilities ready to do their part to save the Earth and make sure their medication didn’t end up in landfills or oceans.
Officer Barry Bunch helps oversee the collection of unwanted medication at ORNL's Drug Take Back Event.

Did you know? The best way to get rid of medication is at a drop off location. Simply flushing or throwing away medication without taking the proper precautions can be dangerous. Read more on the FDA’s website.

Some employees also made an effort to commit to the Lock It practice, with over a dozen personal lockboxes for home use given out at these events. If you need a lockbox for your medication at home, you can request one on our website.

Keep an eye out for the next DEA Drug Take Back Day in October! We’ll keep you posted on socials and right here on our website.

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