WHAT: TriStar Skyline Medical Center will participate in the US Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this month. The community is invited to drop off unused prescriptions at TriStar Skyline Medical Center’s “Don’t Be A Dealer” event for the medicine to be disposed of properly with the assistance of the Count It! Lock It! Drop It! And local law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will assist with collecting and safely disposing of pain reliever pills, capsules and patches.
WHY: According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Health stated over 1,600 Tennesseans passed away from drug overdoses: the leading cause of death over suicides, homicides and motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, unused opioids are major sources of misuse and diversion. This event will be a great way to teach the community how to safely handle any unused prescriptions.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28th, 2018 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: TriStar Skyline Medical Center Outside of Medical Office Building Entrance 3441 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
WHO: Presented in partnership by TriStar Skyline Medical Center, Count It! Lock It! Drop It! local law enforcement and the DEA
QUOTE: Our goal for ‘Don’t Be A Dealer’ is to bring awareness to the dangers of prescription misuse, drug addiction, increase awareness on proper prescription disposal, and prevention of suicide,” said Steve Otto, CEO, TriStar Skyline Medical Center. “Drug addiction can happen to anyone and we are providing this drop off opportunity confidentially and anonymously.”
COST: FREE and no registration required.