S.T.A.N.D. Drug “Take Back” Event Saturday In Oneida

July 21, 2010

Oneida, TN (2010-07-21) Do you have old, outdated medications in your medicine cabinet? While most prescription medications recommend that all be taken, more often than not, most people quit taking them once they begin to feel better.  Over a period of time, these prescribed medications become outdated and a potential personal and environmental hazard. On Saturday, December 11, 2010, Schools Together Allowing No Drugs (STAND) and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department will hold its second-ever “Drug Take Back” program.  At the event, old, outdated or access prescription and over the counter medications will be accepted for proper disposal. “To often, these prescription medications end up lying in unlocked medicine cabinets and storage areas that are easily accessible to youth,” commented Trent Coffey, the Executive Director of the STAND program.  The abuse and misuse of prescription medications, especially powerful, narcotic pain medications, is a prolific problem in Scott County.  While most people believe teenagers and others are getting these pills on the street, the harsh truth is a lot of these medications are being taken from the medicine cabinet at home, the home of a grandparent or other relative. “Prescription medication abuse is the #1 drug problem in our schools, greater than all other drugs combined,” commented Coffey.  “By getting these outdated and unused medications out of the home, we can address the drug problem at the source,” he added. It’s estimated that patients do not use 40% of prescription medications. Saturday’s event will also address the impact the disposal of prescription medications is having on our environment.   “Medications should never be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash,” commented Dale Owens, Coordinator of the STAND program. In 2008, an investigation by the Associated Press revealed traces of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones, were found in the drinking water supplies of 24 metropolitan cities, affecting 41 million Americans.  In 2002, a U.S. Geological Survey found common medications in 80% of the waterways sampled. Saturday’s event is open to everyone.  Medications of all types, including liquids and sharps, will be taken.  The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the S.T.A.N.D. office located at 115 Shepherd Road behind the Independent Herald in Oneida.  For more information, you may call the S.T.A.N.D. office at 423.286.9925.

TennCare Awards Dental Benefits Contract

July 20, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-07-20) State officials announced today that Delta Dental was awarded the contract to serve as TennCare’s dental benefits manager (DBM).   The new contract will save the state an estimated $3.5 million in administrative costs over the three-year contract period. [ Read More ]

Commission Agrees To Help Pay For Dispatch Training

July 19, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-07-19) The Scott County Commission agreed to a proposal from the Scott County Emergency Communications District (E-911) Monday night, paving the way for dispatchers to receive training that would allow them to provide basic medical advice on emergency calls. [ Read More ]

County Finance Director To Retire

July 19, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-07-19) Scott County will be seeking a new Director of the Finance Department following the retirement of current Finance Director Keith Jeffers. His final day in office will be July 31, 2010. [ Read More ]

371 Cast Ballots On The First Day Of Early Voting

July 16, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-07-16) Early voting in Scott County got off to a remarkable start on Friday with nearly 400 people casting their preference.  Early voting for the August 5, 2010 State Primary and County General Election will continue daily through the end of the month. [ Read More ]

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