COVINGTON, Tenn – The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, along with other Tipton County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the DEA’s eleventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which is slated for Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our Drug Free Tipton was the driving force in obtaining drop-boxes for the Criminal Justice Complex, Atoka Police Department, Covington Police Department and Munford Police Department. Unwanted medications can be dropped off throughout the year at any of the four locations and the day of the DEA Take-back.
The National Take Back Initiative is a program that aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Most Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“The uptick of prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in this country. When you consider that 80% of heroin abusers start with prescription opioids, that synonymous with calling prescription opioids a gateway or pathway to heroin.” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley “Now that the alarm has sounded, it’s time to act! As law enforcement officers, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem, but must also continue to reduce the demand for drugs. It is easy for citizens to get involved in the Take Back Program. Simply bring your unwanted or expired medications to one of the four locations on Saturday, April 30th!”
This article originally appeared as a press release from the Tipton County Sheriff's Office.