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Got Drugs? Sheriff’s Dept. makes it easier to dispose of old prescription meds

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Mike Rainey, a detective with the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department, shows the bin that’s in place in the front lobby at the Sheriff’s Department. The bin is available for citizens to return and dispose of old prescriptions medications. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Mike Rainey, a detective with the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department, shows the bin that’s in place in the front lobby at the Sheriff’s Department. The bin is available for citizens to return and dispose of old prescriptions medications. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Sept. 26 this year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stations will be set up through the state and across the U.S. in order for people to safely discard their old prescription medicines.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day “aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

Here in Moore County, citizens no longer have to wait to dispose of their unused, old or unwanted prescription drugs.

The Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department has received a permanent bin for Moore County citizens to use to dispose of their expired prescriptions. The bin is located in the front lobby and can be accessed daily.

According to the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, a list of items that can be dropped off and those that can’t be dropped off will be posted on the front of the machine.

Officials ask that, if you bring prescription bottles, make sure the name label has been taken off or marked out on the bottle.

Acceptable Item

Prescription Medication; Over the counter Medication; Pet Medication; Liquid Medication in leak -proof container; Medicated ointment, Lotion; Inhalers; Pills in any Packaging, including, glass, plastic, container, Baggie (Ziploc).

Unacceptable Items

Illegal drugs and/or Narcotics; Needles, Sharps or syringes with needles; Blood Sugar Equipment; Thermometers; IV Bags; Bloody or infectious waste; Personal care products; Shampoo, Lotion,etc.

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