The collection point will be located in the Signal Mountain Fire Department truck bay. Pull in through the garage bay doors off of Hershel Dick Road (entrance of the parking lot for Police and Fire Department) and exit through the garage bay doors on to Rolling Way.
Last October, Americans turned in 456 tons (over 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in tbe 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds—about 4.5 tons—of prescription drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you are unable to participate in the Drug Take Back event on April 28, the Police Department has a permanent collection bin located in the lobby of the police station. The lobby is open 24 hours a day, and citizens are welcome to stop in and deposit their unused/unwanted medication at any time.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Signal Mountain Police Department at (423) 886-2124.