OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - It could be the difference between life and death, or just simply another way to keep our streets clear of drug abusers and dealers.
More than 100 pounds of unwanted medication were properly disposed of by the Oak Ridge Police Department and "Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention", also known as "ASAP."
It was one of several Operation Medicine Cabinet events held in east Tennessee, which gives folks a chance to drop off the medications at the police department, no questions asked.
Police officers and "ASAP" then go through the pills, then bag and weigh how much was collected.
"It does make a difference because it makes your home safer. Because we have a lot of (incidents of) people breaking into the houses looking for narcotics looking for pain pills, different kinds of drugs they can sell, they can use," said Michael Foster, Prevention Coordinator of ASAP.
A total of four drug take-back programs have scheduled this year for Oak Ridge. The next one is in November.
Similar events were held today in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Maryville and Lenoir City.