BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Police Department and B&B Pharmacy are teaming together for National Drug Take Back Day on October 27, accepting most unneeded or unused prescription drugs for safe disposal.
Started in September of 2010 by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the nationwide initiative will see centers across the country accepting drugs of all sorts for safe disposal.
“The most important part is if you keep the stuff in the house, then it increases [the] risk of kids to have access to the medication,” said Ahmad Adhami, owner of B&B Pharmacy. “There’s a good chance that they could give themselves harm.”
Adhami went on to explain the dangers of disposing of prescription drugs – or any drugs for that matter – in the toilet. Doing so runs serious threats of contaminating drinking water, as well as causing harm to the environment.
“Most importantly, with this opioid crisis, if there’s some pain medication in the home, that’s kind of tempting for kids,” Adhami said. “Their curiosity can get them in trouble.”
This will be B&B Pharmacy and Spring Hill Police’s third time running this event, with more planned in the future.
The National Drug Take Back Day happens twice a year; once in the spring, and once in the fall. The initiative is also one of four pillars of President Obama’s Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse nationwide.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on October 27 at B&B Pharmacy in Spring Hill, 5407 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174.