Drug Take Back working to combat Overdoses and Drug Abuse

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Over the last year drug overdoses have risen significantly not only in Hamilton County but also state wide. 

In order to help combat drug usage the Hamilton County Drug Coalition and Tennessee American water hosted their Bi-Annual National Drug Take Back event Saturday morning. 

The event provides residents the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications. 

The service which is free and anonymous helps to prevent misuse and abuse of medications while protecting local water sources.  

“We want to do as much as we can prevention wise on the front end so that we don’t have issues with substance use disorder, people developing addiction because they have experimented or had access to medications they were not prescribed,” says Vanessa Spotts, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist. 

Collected medications are incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. 

Flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

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