On Friday, October 22, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (MMC) and TrustPoint Hospital will be partnering with the Prevention Coalition for Success, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the Murfreesboro Police Department to provide a safe place for you to dispose of your unused medications.
In an effort to reduce the amount of potentially dangerous medications in Rutherford County while also increasing awareness about substance abuse, the groups will operate a drive-thru drop-off booth in the South parking lot of MMC’s Garrison Drive location to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications.
The groups hope to match the success that they had at a similar takeback event in late April, where they collected a record 350 pounds of medications from hundreds of community members over the course of just a few hours.
“The success of this program is evident in the significant quantities of medications that were collected,” stated Joey Peay, CEO of MMC. “If just one life can be saved or improved by keeping these potentially dangerous medications out of the hands of a child or off the streets, then the time and effort put into these types of programs are worth it!”
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers, representatives and law enforcement officers will be collecting tablets, capsules and other solid forms of medications. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), illegal drugs, syringes and other sharps will not be accepted.“It is our goal to link with our community partners to escalate knowledge, resources and safe practices for the families in our community,” said Beth Goodner, CEO of TrustPoint Hospital.
With improper storage at home, many medications can easily be purposefully or accidentally misused. In an effort to reduce misuse and make safe storage more possible for the community, the Prevention Coalition for Success will be offering free home lock boxes at this event as well.