Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


April 1, 2014

Take Back Program looks especially for most commonly abused drugs

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County’s Drug Take Back program offers county residents an opportunity to safely dispose of out-of-date prescriptions, unneeded over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other pharmaceutical products.

“We are asking especially, if there are homes that have any of the drugs listed here that are not being used, drop them off to us. Keep your house safe and keep them away from kids,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Chief Investigator Casey Cox. 

The Monday, April 21, event is sponsored by the Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complexes at Fairfield Glade and Crossville and the Cumberland County Sheriff Department.

The Drug Take Back will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade, 130 Stonehenge Dr. Signage will show the way to the collection area. The collection will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wellness Complex at Crossville, 130 Woodmere Mall on Hwy. 127 N. Drop-offs will be curbside in front of the Complex.

“The most sought-after drugs by burglars, especially younger ones, are the opioids, generally used as pain killers,” explained Chief Investigator Cox. Those drugs with prescription drug names are: Hydrocodone or Vicodin; Oxycodone or OxyContin; Oxmorphone or Opana; Propoxyphene or Darvon; Hydromorphone or Dilaudid;  Meperidine or Demerol; Diphenoxylate or Lomotil — are the opioids with their brand names. Generic versions are also represented in pain killer drugs.

The “street names” for OxyContin, a very popular drug illegally used, include “oxy, cotton, blue, 40 and 80.”

“Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than prescribed,” Chief Investigator Cox added.

“Abuse of prescription drugs can produce serious health effects, including addiction and possibly death,” he said.

Central nervous system depressants are used for anxiety and sleep disorders. They include Pentobarbital sodium or Nembutal; Diazepam or Valium; and Alprazolam or Xanax.

Stimulants used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy include Dextroamphetamine or Dexedrine; Methylphenidate or Ritalin and Concerta; and Amphetamines or Adderall.

Long-term use of opioids or central nervous system depressants can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Opioids can produce drowsiness, constipation and, depending on the amount taken, can depress breathing. Central nervous system depressants slow down brain function; if combined with other medications that cause drowsiness or with alcohol, heart rate and respiration can slow down dangerously. Taken repeatedly or in high doses, stimulants can cause anxiety, paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat or seizures.

“None of these drugs should be used without physician oversight,” Chief Inspector Cox added. “They are dangerous and can be deadly.”

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