Eckerd’s Asheville program has partnered with the Buncombe County Substance Free Youth Coalition, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Asheville City Police, Buncombe County Social Services and Walgreens in a county wide prescription drug take back. Staff manned tables with police officers and spoke to members of the community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
To date, the partnership has taken back over 300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs from the community. After the take back, prescription drugs are destroyed per policy.
“Our partnership helps keep prescription drugs out of the hands of those who might use it unlawfully,” said Jennifer Stout, Community Intervention Manager for Eckerd Asheville. “Keeping our community safer and protecting families is part of Eckerd’s mission,” said Jennifer Stout, Community Intervention Manager for Eckerd Asheville.
“We value all of our community partners,” said Lindsay Carver, coordinator for Buncombe County Substance Free Youth Coalition. “Eckerd brings to the table the concern and mission to help families with a second chance and that truly speaks to people”
Eckerd and all the community partners take part in the prescription drug take back twice a year however, individuals can take unused medications to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department to be destroyed during regular business hours.