50 pounds of medication dropped off

9:59 am | October 2, 2012

About 50 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off over the weekend during a Drug Take Back program held by the Elizabethton Police Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Photo by Sarah East
Dan Fetzer, originally from Elizabethton, drops off some old medication at the Elizabethton/Carter
County Chamber of Commerce while in town visiting his mother. Local residents turned in more
than 50 pounds of medication during the Drug Take Back event.

Police Chief Matt Bailey said residents took 53.75 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired pills to the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce Saturday.

“I consider the program to be a huge success,” Sgt. Willard Johnson said. “The event allows people to rid their home of dangerous prescription drugs which can fall into the hands of individuals who sell or abuse them.”

Johnson, who was one of several officers to participate in the program, said residents seemed to be pleased that they can safely dispose of the medication without having to throw it in the trash where someone could potentially find it.

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