Last Saturday, October 26, 2013, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Ridge Police Department, Clinton Police Department, and Oliver Springs Police Department along with ASAP hosted a special, regional Operation Medicine Cabinet. The event was part of a nationwide take back event coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as part of a continued effort to reduce drug misuse and practice stewardship toward our environment.
According to Stephanie Strutner, Executive Director of ASAP, 231.6 pounds of medication were collected from four sites in the county, including Oak Ridge Police Department and Food City locations in Clinton, Oak Ridge, and Oliver Springs. Medicine collected was incinerated to comply with federal guidelines. All paper and plastic containers were recycled.
Organizers would like to thank all of those who helped make this event possible, including residents who brought medicine for disposal, local law enforcement partners, DEA, Food City, Anderson County Solid Waste Department, McNeely Family Physicians, South College School of Pharmacy, and ASAP volunteers.
For more information on future collection events, please visit ASAPofAnderson.org.