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Henderson County law enforcement host drug 'take back' day, offer resources as well

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OCT. 23, 2021 - On Saturday, Oct. 23, Henderson County Sheriff's Office encouraged people to bring their unused prescription medication to properly dispose of them at Henderson County Law Enforcement Center as part of the DEA's annual "National Drug Take Back Initiative." Several other area law enforcement departments held events to participate as well. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local event aims to keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office participated in the DEA’s annual “National Drug Take Back Initiative," helping properly dispose of unused and expired medications.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., people were encouraged to drop by the Henderson County Law Enforcement Center at 100 N. Grove Street in Hendersonville with any prescription medication they wanted discarded.

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News 13 spoke with the program director of Hope Rx about why the event is so important each year.

“We want to make our community safer by getting rid of unused medications -- out of our medicine cabinets. We want to keep them out of our water systems. We want to dispose of them properly," said Julie Huneycutt, Hope Rx program director. "So, it’s an environmental as well as a very important service for our community, to make sure that we just make everyone safe.”

Officers say they will also be able to provide some resources for anyone wanting to have a conversation on substance abuse or addiction.

Anyone who missed the event Saturday at Henderson County Sheriff's Office can drop off any unwanted and unused prescription drugs at the law enforcement center during normal business hours.

Several other facilities and organizations are participating in the DEA's Drug Take Back Day on Saturday as well. The Polk County Sheriff's Office held an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department, located at 164 Government Complex in Columbus.

Mission Health is hosting events as well at several locations. Click here to view those taking place around the mountains.

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