Sevierville police prompt community to participate in ‘take back’ event

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – The city of Sevierville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency asks for the community to bring unused prescription and non-prescription drugs to a special event designed to get rid of them.

Many people are unaware that medicines that are left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

On Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., officers will assist citizen host a drug take back event.

During the drug take back events, officer collect an average of 45 pounds of drugs. After collection, all drugs are destroyed by an incinerator and plastics are recycled.

In addition to dropping off drugs, citizens can drop off all loose pills and powders; liquid drugs in sealed packages; and sealed drugs and aids like diabetic supplies and meters.

The department is unable at this time to accept syringes or other types of drug paraphernalia. Anyone with questions may contact Lt. Ken Garner at 865-868-1753 or email at kgarner[at]seviervilletn[dot]org.

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