Nolensville got a prescription drug drop off box on Wednesday.
As part of a Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition (WCADC) initiative, the box provides a safe, environmentally-sound alternative to flushing away old or unused prescription medicine.
From Monday through Friday during business hours anyone is welcome to come to city hall in Nolensville adjacent to the police department and drop off their prescriptions.
Since more than 50% of prescription drug abuse involves medicine taken from a family member, the drop-box can help prevent abuse or illegal sale.
“A lot of times, people might not even realize they have the pills anymore, if they had a surgery or were sick and then just forgot about them,” said Alex Windings, WCADC co-ordinator. ”
“Tennessee is either second or third in prescription drug abuse every year. Williamson County is not so bad as eastern Tennessee, but it is still a problem. This is a small step you can take to help reduce abuse and sale of drugs in our community.”
The drop-box in Nolensville makes three total in the county now, with one in the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and another in Fairview.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation provides the drop-boxes, though there is a limited number given out every year. Windings, along with Nolensville police chief Troy Huffines applied for the drop-box.
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