Law enforcement agencies around the country and in East Tennessee hosted drug take backs Saturday for the 14th National DEA Drug Take Back Day.
This initiative helps solve a public health and public safety issue by collecting old or unused medications. These take backs keep medicine out of the wrong hands while also protecting the environment. The service was free and anonymous.
Rescue 180, along with Jefferson County agencies, collected 232 pounds in the take back event.
Law enforcement in Sevier County collected drugs at three stations with locations in Seymour and Kodak taking in about 35 pounds.
Officials in Cumberland County took in three to four barrels of prescription drugs.
Several other counties participated in the event as well.
Agencies accepted loose pills and powders, sealed drugs and aids, and liquid drugs (if in a sealed package). They do not accept syringes or other types of drug paraphernalia at the events.