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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Kingsport Drug Take-Back Event Puts Old Drugs Where They Belong

Old, discarded, out-of-date medicines now have a new home in Kingsport and the Riverview community.

The trash.  Where they belong.

The New Vision Youth Group, in cooperation with the Kingsport Police Department and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition conducted a prescription drug take-back program in the Dobyns-Bennett High School parking lot recently (April 27th).

The Kingsport community came together and brought their old, outdated prescriptions, needles and drug containers to be discarded and in return, the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition gave out free prescription lock boxes to keep their medicines safe from grandchildren and visitors to their homes.

The event is an annual one, started first in Johnson City by the New Vision Youth Group with DEFY (Drug Education for Youth), along with ETSU, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the Johnson City Police Department and the late Mrs. Mary Williams, a former director at the South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation.  Kingsport began its event shortly after.

More pictures of the take-back event this year in Kingsport are below: