Anderson Co. officials collect 314 pounds of unwanted drugs

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 300 pounds of unwanted prescription medications are safely out of the water supply, thanks to a big collection event over the last weekend. On Saturday, April 27, local law enforcement agencies teamed up to host Operation Medicine Cabinet at four locations across the county.

Together, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Clinton Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oak Ridge Police Department, and Oliver Springs Police Department teamed up with the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention and collected 314 pounds of unwanted medicine. People could drop off their prescriptions at all three Food City locations in the county, as well as at a drop site at the Oak Ridge Police Department headquarters.

“We are pleased with the community participation for this event” said Chief Mark Lucas of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Not only is this an important event to reduce crime and reduce access to prescription medicine, it is also an important way to ensure these medications do not harm our environment” added Stephanie Strutner, Executive Director of ASAP.

Saturday's event collected more medicine than any other similar event since 2010. DEA agents took the medicines for disposal.

Officials also managed to collect more than 135 pounds of paper and plastic containers for recycling.

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