MTSU offers drug take-back event Tuesday

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Grace James, left in automobile, an analyst in the MTSU College of Graduate Studies, hands Campus Pharmacy's Tabby Ragland a bag of unwanted medications as Campus Police Lt. Broede Stucky watches. The pharmacy-police partnership collected a record 116-plus pounds of medications in this September 2015 file photo during the fifth MTSU Drug Take-Back Day. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

The MTSU campus community and general public are welcome to participate in MTSU's next Drug Take-Back Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 26), near the Campus Pharmacy drive-thru.

Led by MTSU Public Safety and Campus Pharmacy, officials and volunteers will be accepting unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

Anyone dropping off medications is asked to leave the medications in their original packaging. For prescription medicines, black out any personally identifying information on the label.

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If you are unable to make it to campus during the event, you may also drop off medications at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, located at 940 New Salem Highway, at any time.

This event is 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.

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The 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.

Last September, more than 100 pounds of medicine was collected at this MTSU collection event! In total, nearly 400 tons of medicines have been disposed of nationally since take-back collections were initiated in 2010.

To find the drive-thru and drop site on the east side of campus, a searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

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