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Drug Take Back Day Planned


April 20, 2017

Pharmacist Eddie Bryson and a colleague display a lockbox and naloxone kit available free at Gordon's Pharmacy.

As spring cleaning gets underway, be sure to include your medicine cabinet.

Now is a great time to clean out old, unused or unwanted medicines – just in time for National Drug Take Back Day, according to the C.A.R.E. Coalition. The Coalition is a grassroots community group formed by health care professionals in 2010 dedicated to reducing substance abuse in Transylvania County.

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the C.A.R.E. Coalition, Transylvania County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at Gordon's Pharmacy on 518 S. Broad St. in Brevard.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, according to a press release. Only pills and patches are accepted. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted.

This is a great way to prevent pill abuse and theft, while ensuring that medications are disposed of properly in a safe and environmentally-friendly way (flushing or landfilling medications can contaminate water supplies), according to the press release.

The public may also drop off medications 24/7 in drop boxes at the Brevard Police Department and the Sheriff's Office. In 2016, 283 pounds of medications were collected by law enforcement in Transylvania County.

Many people are becoming more aware of the hazards that prescription pain medications can present and are, hopefully, more vigilant in keeping them properly stored and monitored, the release said. However, other prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be abused as well.

In addition to painkillers (such as opiates), other commonly abused medications include drugs prescribed to treat depression and anxiety, stimulants, ADHD medications and cough syrup.

Prescription medications are designed to be used under a doctor's supervision. These medications can affect each person differently, should not be used by people with certain conditions, and can interact badly with other medications and alcohol. Side effects and interactions between drugs can be highly dangerous and even deadly.

Many youth say they can get drugs easily from unsuspecting family members and friends through unlocked medicine cabinets, nightstands, kitchen counters and purses, the release said. Therefore, it is important for parents, grandparents and other adults to eliminate the ease of access of these drugs by following these three simple steps:

•Safeguard all your prescription and over-the-counter medications in a locked cabinet, drawer or safe that is inaccessible to your teens and their friends. Free lockboxes are available from the C.A.R.E. Coalition (call (828) 884-1750) and at Drug Take Back Day on April 29.

•Make a note of how many pills or the amount of liquid in each medicine bottle you have in your home. Keep track of refills and be sure you control any medication that is prescribed to your child.

•Be sure to get rid of any leftover or unwanted medications. Take advantage of the drop boxes and take-back days to dispose of medications safely.

The next C.A.R.E. Coalition meeting will be its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

For more information, call (828) 884-1750 or visit

The C.A.R.E. Coalition is also asking the community to take its survey, which can be found at


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