The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force, PRIDE of Tuscaloosa and Vital are hosting a community drop-off of prescription medications Saturday in honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Residents are urged to turn in any expired or unused prescriptions so that they can be properly disposed. No information will be requested from those bringing any items and they will remain anonymous.

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The event is making its return after two years. The COVID-19 pandemic stopped the event from happening in 2020 and an out-of-town training session stopped investigators with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force from participating in 2021.

Tuscaloosa Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Taylor said many community members called and wondered when the event would return, noting the importance of the event.

Taylor said she is excited about the addition of the newest drop-off location at the Lake View Police Department at the eastern border of Tuscaloosa County.

Nicole Shine, the director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, says getting unused prescriptions out of the hands of people prevents their ability of drug abuse.

"If you can get these medications out of the home away from children, family members or people who may even snoop around in your medicine cabinets, you can be preventing drug abuse from happening," Shine said.

The drop-off locations include:

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market- 4201 Hargrove Road East
  • Walgreens- 8701 Highway 69 South
  • CVS Five Points- 42260 University Boulevard East
  • CVS- 1910 McFarland Boulevard, in Northport
  • Lake View Police Department- 22765 Central Park Drive

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