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On-campus drug take-back day scheduled for April 27


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s SOARx group – Students Organized Against Drugs – will partner with the Weakley County Prevention Coalition to sponsor a Drug Take-Back Day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 27, in the UT Martin Boling University Center. The university’s new drug take-back box will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Drug Take-Back Day events.

UT Martin is the first Tennessee university to have an entirely student-run drug abuse prevention organization and the first state campus to have its own drug take-back box. UT Martin installed the drug take-back box, located in the Department of Public Safety office in Crisp Hall, in March, and campus safety officers say it is already being used.

The box is intended for anonymous return of expired, unused or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to take these items off the streets and away from those who may intentionally or unintentionally misuse them.

National Drug Take Back Day is April 28, and a city-wide take-back event is scheduled for that time. However, UT Martin’s spring semester ends April 27, and SOARx members hope students will end their semesters on the right foot by properly disposing of any unnecessary pharmaceuticals in their possession. Members of the campus and local community are invited to visit the first floor of the Boling University Center during the event to dispose of any unwanted pharmaceutical items, no questions asked.

In addition to this event, SOARx has also spent the spring semester distributing Top Shelf ID coders to Weakley County businesses free of charge, courtesy of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition. These ID coders are made to be placed on top of an individual’s driver’s license to help cashiers, bartenders and other business professionals quickly confirm whether an individual is of drinking age.

SOARx distributed 826 ID coders to area businesses and has more than 100 more to give away.

If your establishment is interested in receiving these ID coders, contact Josh Greer, lecturer of health and human performance and SOARx faculty adviser, at 731-881-3318 or email

UT Martin’s Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by SOARx, the Weakley County Prevention Coalition, the UT Martin Healthy Hawks organization and the Martin Business Association.

For more information, contact Greer at 731-881-3318 or email


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