On April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Express Care of the Shoals Urgent Care and Walk-In clinic, 1106 North Cave Street, Tuscumbia, in partnership with the Tuscumbia Police Department and the Colbert County Drug Task will be a host site for the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day and serve as a location for Fingerprinting for Kids.
According to the DEA, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications are a public safety issue. Unused drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
"We are extremely grateful to the Tuscumbia Police Department and the Colbert County Drug Task Force for their assistance with this community safety event," said Susanna Hall, CRNP at Express Care of the Shoals. "Prescription drugs are an invaluable tool for treating many illnesses and injuries when used properly. Unfortunately they can be as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a health care provider's supervision. Taking back prescription drugs and fingerprinting children are two free, quick, and convenient ways in which we can make our community healthier and safer," she added.
According to Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan, the Tuscumbia PD welcomes the opportunity to participate in community events like this. "Given the current opioid epidemic in our country, it is more important than ever for law enforcement to be proactive in providing an opportunity for the correct disposal of substances that might result in overdose, abuse or accidental poisoning. In addition, parents should seriously consider bringing their children by to obtain a set of fingerprints. In the unthinkable event of a missing child, a set of fingerprints is an invaluable tool for locating them. Fingerprints are unique and don't change over time,” said Logan.
Express Care of the Shoals is conveniently located at the corner of Avalon Avenue and Cave Street, across from Helen Keller Hospital. This is a free, community-wide event.
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