Opioid abuse is one of the state’s most concerning public health issues. Unintentional overuse and abuse has had devastating effects on individuals and communities:
While 64 percent of Tennesseans report knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, many don’t associate the risk of abuse with medications in their own homes.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is working to reduce prescription pain medication abuse by supporting expansion of “Count It! Lock It! Drop It!” programs in Tennessee counties with the highest incidence of opioid abuse.
The program educates individuals and works with health care providers and pharmacies to support patient education on securing and safely disposing of medications. The program encourages individuals to:
Count It! Lock It! Drop It! currently operates in 33 counties. Drop-boxes are already located in law enforcement facilities in all 95 Tennessee counties to safely dispose of unused or expired medication.
Health care providers can use resources on the Count It! Drop It! Lock It! website to:
For more information on Count it! Lock it! Drop It! collection sites and resources, visit: countitlockitdropit.org.