“Drug Take Back day is super important because the (DEA’s) statistics show 90% of misuse comes from home medicine cabinets,” Hensel said.
The government agency’s website cites a 2019 survey that showed 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers that year. In addition, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.
Hensel said One Johns Creek has plans for public service announcements on billboards in north Fulton to help combat drug abuse.
On Saturday, coalition members at the Kroger location will provide free Deterra pouches which can be used to safely get rid of unwanted medications at home, she said. The pouches are made to deactivate medicines and can be sealed and thrown in the trash.
More agencies participating in Take Back Day include Roswell Police at the Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road and the Milton Police Department at 13690 Highway 9.
Dunwoody and Norcross police will be taking back drugs at their respective precincts, as will the Gwinnett County Police Department at its central precinct.
For more information and locations visit the event website at takebackday.dea.gov.