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Front Page - Friday, May 29, 2020

Hamilton County Coalition distributing free medication lockboxes, drug deactivation pouches




The Hamilton County Coalition is giving out free medication lockboxes and drug deactivation pouches.

The coalition says local officials recorded 107 overdoses during the first four months of 2019. That number jumped to 230 during the same time period this year.

Members of the public can order both items at www.hccoalition.org/special-takeback-april-2020 or by calling 423 305-1449.

Once ordered, contactless pick-ups are available every Tuesday and Thursday at the HCC office at 5721 Marlin Road from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“When families are home more, it’s common for people to become accidental drug dealers,” says HCC Executive Director Camilla Bibbs-Lee. “Our goal is to have lockboxes and deactivation pouches in as many homes as possible to keep medications safe and ensure unused or expired medications are properly discarded.”

The Helix Prescription Drug Security Cabinet comes with a lock and two keys that keeps medications safe from children and others, says the HCC in a news release.

The Deterra Drug Deactivation System is a handheld pouch designed to dispose of any unused or expired medications in an environmentally safe way that prevents contaminating water supplies and landfills, the HCC adds.

Source: Hamilton County Coalition