The newest of drugs being abused by today's youth are probably in your own home. Misuse of prescription drugs has grown, and now ranks behind only alcohol and marijuana as most-abused by middle and high-school students.
Bedford Against Drugs (BAD) is joining hundreds of other communities who will participate this weekend in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) National Take Back Initiative. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CPI Building, 539 Tate Avenue, residents may bring unused and unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal.
Those with leftover medications are additionally advised these should not be thrown away, washed down the sink or flushed, as indicated by a study performed by the US Geological Survey in 2000. This study found traces of various prescription medicines in the typical water supply.
The community coalition BAD is partnering with Bedford County Health Council, Bedford County Sherriff's Department, Shelbyville City Police Department, the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County, as well as pharmacists Tripp York, Brad Thames and Barry Childers.