Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 20, 2013

Sheriff, Wellness Complexes plan Drug Take Back


CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Sheriff Department and the Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complexes have scheduled another of their successful Drug Take Back Collection events for Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The effort is to properly dispose of out-of-date prescriptions, unneeded over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and other pharmaceutical products for safe disposal.

The collection will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Fairfield Glade Wellness Complex at 130 Stonehenge Drive, Fairfield Glade. Signage will direct persons with donations to the collection area.

The Wellness Complex at Crossville collection will be from 1 to 4 p.m. curbside in front of the facility, which is located at 130 Woodmere Mall on Highway 127 in Crossville.

All donations of drugs must go directly into the hands of a licensed law enforcement officer. Contributions may not be accepted by Wellness Complexes employees.

Pills will be incinerated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Plastic containers will be recycled. The Cumberland Medical Center will provide sterile disposal for syringes and other items that need careful disposal.

September and November 2012 collections netted 531 pounds of drugs. April 2013 collection totaled 438 pounds. The current total to date is 969 pounds or nearly

½-ton of out-of-dated prescriptions and unneeded over-the-counter medications disposed of safely.

“We want our waterways to be free of drugs and we want to discourage home break-ins by thieves who would use the drugs for profit or for personal addiction,” said Chief Investigator Casey Cox of the Cumberland County Sheriff Department.

“Join others in this county to tackle these problems by taking positive action. Please drop off your unneeded drugs on Oct. 23.”