CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — During this time of COVID-19, prescription or opioid abuse could be on the rise. And free medication lockboxes are available from the Hamilton County Coalition.
John Mitchell of the Hamilton County Coalition explains why this medication lockbox is needed. "It's very common nowadays for people to be accidental drug dealers with their prescription medication if they don't have it in a secure location," Mitchell said.
In addition to the lockbox, deactivation pouches come in the gift bag. "All you have to do is you place your pills in here, fill it up with warm water, shake it up a little bit, and you can dispose it in your trash can, it's as simple as that," Mitchell noted.
The bag also comes with a treatment resource guide and a unit of Narcan nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.
The bags are available on Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. at 5721 Marlin Road, Building 6100, suite 3200 in Osborne Park near Eastgate. It is one building down from the Public Library. You must first register an appointment time to pick up your bag. To do so, CLICK HERE.
You can also make an appointment by phone at (423) 305-1449.
The Hamilton County Coalition has a large supply of these bags thanks to a grant.