By SAMANTHA HEARN

The Brentwood Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Brentwood City Hall.

This one-day event is aimed at making it easier for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Officers will be standing by at the Municipal Center where residents can drop off their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Representatives from the Brentwood Police Department, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition and the UT College of Pharmacy will also be present.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee is one of the top states in painkiller prescriptions with 143 prescriptions per 100 people.

The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends.

After previous Take Back Days over the last five years, approximately 3,000 tons of prescription drugs were brought to collection sites that DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement partners established.

For more information on Drug Take-Back Day please contact the Drug Enforcement Administration. Brentwood City Hall is located at 5211 Maryland Way.

Franklin also is holding a Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the parking lot of the Walgreens store at 1509 Murfreesboro Road.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at samantha@brentwoodhomepage.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn. 

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