Middle Tennessee State University officials collected nearly 62 pounds of medications during the biannual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on campus Thursday, Oct. 19, as part of a national drive.
The public contributed 61.7 pounds, said Susan Martin, pharmacy extern (recent pharmacy school graduate). This included 37.6 pounds of over-the-counter, 22. 6 pounds of prescription medications and 1.5 pounds of controlled substances.
The event is a partnership between Campus Pharmacy, University Police and Student Health Services. Campus Police Specialist Leroy Carter assisted with the drive.
Expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines were accepted from the campus community and the general public.
Event organizers asked participants to leave medicines in their original packaging. For prescription medications, they were asked to black out any personally identifying label information. No sharps (needles) were accepted.
This event was part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s overall efforts to remove excess drugs from communities where they could be abused or misused, diverted into the wrong hands or disposed of in environmentally unsafe ways.
The event, part of a national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, aims to provide a safe, secure and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)