The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the CMC Wellness Complex at Crossville collected 240 pounds of out-of-date prescriptions, unneeded over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other pharmaceutical products from Crossville residents. Safe disposal and keeping the items out of the hands of drug-addicted individuals was the motivation for the “Drug Take Back” effort.
Casey Cox, chief investigator for the Sheriff’s Department, said, “We collected 291 pounds of drugs in September from Fairfield Glade residents. We now have a total of 531 pounds of drugs off the streets with just two events. We’re definitely repeating this winner! It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s effective. It’s a positive way to overcome a negative.”
“Prescription drugs are the most widely abused drug nationwide and Tennessee ranks second on the list in the United States,” he added
Another event is planned for late March or early April in 2013 at both the Crossville and FFG Wellness Complexes.
The pharmaceuticals collected are incinerated. Cumberland Medical Center takes syringes and items that need sterile disposal. All plastic containers are recycled.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, a 2010 study showed enough prescription painkillers were prescribed that year to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month. A national survey on drug use and Health in 2010 showed more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of persons using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.