The collection point will be located in the Lookout Mountain Fire Department truck bay. Just pull up to the one of the four garage bay doors and exit beside the Mapco.
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 6,200 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 12 million pounds - nearly 6,000 tons - of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines -flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you are unable to participate in the Drug Take Back event on October 26, the Lookout Mountain, Ga., Police Department can accept unwanted prescriptions at any time.