Drop off unwanted prescriptions safely


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Photo submitted The Tazewell Police Department is a local drop-off point for unwanted prescription drugs. Pictured is TPD Chief Mark Lamb. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department is another local drop-off point.


Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program prescription drug take-back boxes provide a secure location where unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be safely disposed. These permanent boxes prevent prescription and over-the-counter medications from getting into the hands of children and into Tennessee’s waterways and ensure they are disposed of in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner.

Locally, the Tazewell Police Department and Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office are drop-off points.

Medication collection events and programs are part of a nationwide effort to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical products being flushed or poured down drains. Promotion and use of this program helps support the Governor’s Prescription for Success plan which was created to prevent and treat the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Tennessee.

The great partnerships with USDA, Tennessee Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, US Drug Enforcement Agency, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has allowed us to permanently place 224 take back boxes in all 95 counties. This program has safely disposed of 209,657.24 pounds of expired and unwanted household pharmaceuticals the past five years.

Find other take back locations by using an interactive map, http://tdeconline.tn.gov/rxtakeback/.

Photo submitted The Tazewell Police Department is a local drop-off point for unwanted prescription drugs. Pictured is TPD Chief Mark Lamb. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department is another local drop-off point.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_TPD-drug-take-back.jpgPhoto submitted The Tazewell Police Department is a local drop-off point for unwanted prescription drugs. Pictured is TPD Chief Mark Lamb. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department is another local drop-off point.

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