Household prescriptions have long fueled Tennessee opioid crisis, which often serve as a source of supply for longtime addicts who seek out painkillers by relatives of homes, or for curious adolescents, who want to experiment.

The National Drug Prescription Day aims to safely dispose of prescription drugs and educate the public about the potential for drug misuse, especially for opioids

The next redemption day will take place on April 28 from 10:00 to 14: 00 o'clock.

Places of Drug Removal

Members of the community may make unused or old medicines such as painkillers and other prescription drugs. Pharmacists and police officers will be ready to accept the medication and dispose of it safely, no questions asked.

There will be more than 150 drop-off points throughout the state. To find a collection point near you, visit: takebackday.dea.gov

Volunteers brought thousands of prescription pills as part of a drug-taking day. (Photo: Submitted / Brian Sullivan)

If you can not make it to a take back event, visit www.countitlockitridrop.org to find a dropbox in your community. Drop boxes are available in all 95 Tennessee counties.

Most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends [5359017] 53 percent of Americans who use prescription drugs at leisure from a friend or relative,. According to the Drug and Mental Health Services Administration

more : An Opioid Alternative: Facilitation Exercises Give Pain to Vanderbilt Doctor Patients Their Lives Back [October192015] Tennessee surged more than £ 29,700 from prescription drugs operated at the collection points around the state by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency

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A poll conducted for Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee in 2016 found that 64 percent of Tennesseans know someone who has become addicted to prescription painkillers.

D In Tennessee, overdose deaths are on the rise. (Photo: Holly Fletcher)

COUNT IT! CLOSE IT! DROP IT!

In addition to the days, families may take other steps to protect prescriptions.

The Count It! Close it! Let it fall! The initiative suggests taking three steps to deny others access to their drugs: count their pills, save them, and safely dispose of them on redemption or in a permanent waste box.

Millions of Americans are being harmed by the opioid epidemic, which includes the abuse of drugs such as oxycodone. (Photo: Patrick Sison / AP)

Organizer of Count It! Close it! Let it fall! plan to house a number of drop-off centers so that people can rid their homes of medicines they no longer need or need.

Visit the program, funded by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation: www.countitlockitdropit.org

Resources for Drug Abuse Support

The Tennessee REDLINE from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services provides information about resources and abuse tips for those who are addicted or a loved one

For immediate help and treatment information, call 800-889-9789 or visit www.tn.gov/behavioral-health.

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