According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, in 2012 6.8 million people in the United States abused prescription drugs.
On Saturday law enforcement agencies throughout the region teamed up with ETSU's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy students to collect thousands of pills as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
There were 19 take-back drop-off locations in our region.
The Bristol, Tennessee location collected three trash bags full of prescription drugs in one hour. Bristol, Tennessee Police tell News 5 they've seen more participation this year than ever before.
ETSU pharmacy students were responsible for sorting the medications and collecting user information. "The ETSU pharmacy school is a school that likes to serve the community, because this is a community that helped build the pharmacy school, so it helps us give back. We like to have our students involved in any kind of service and this is one of the things they can be involved in," said Jennifer Sorah, ETSU pharmacy resident.
Sorah told us all of the drugs will be burned and no patient prescription information will be recorded.
This was the ninth local drug take-back day.
If you have prescription drugs that you'd like to dispose of, authorities urge you drop them off at one of their prescription drug drop-off sites.