Chatham County to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Courtesy of Chatham County

Chatham County, Chatham County Police Department, and the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team are joining forces to participate in the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back.

What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: In an effort to help make drop-off locations accessible for Chatham County residents, three locations are being provided throughout the county.

  • Sam’s Club (1975 East Montgomery Crossroads Savannah, Georgia 31406)
  • Walmart (6000 Ogeechee Road Savannah, Georgia 31419)
  • Sam’s Club (15 Mill Creek Circle Pooler, Georgia 31322)

Only prescription pills and patches can be turned in at this time. No liquids or sharps will be accepted.

Background: According to a 2017 national survey, six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The national take-back day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs and provides an opportunity for Americans to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts no-questions asked National Prescription Drug Take-Back events twice per year where temporary collection sites are set up in cities throughout the nation for safe disposal of prescription drugs, including opioids. The DEA’s “Take-Back” initiative is one of several strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion in the nation. Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and remains a top public health concern.

For more information, please visit  www.deatakeback.com , https://www.dea.gov/, or  https://takebackday.dea.gov/content/partnership-toolbox. For more information, please call Gene Harley, Assistant Deputy Director Public Information Officer, Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (912-652-3900).