Tennessee American Water will join other community partners and law enforcement officials on Saturday, for a public “drive-by” pharmaceutical disposal program. The event will be held at the East Chattanooga Weed and Seed Office, 1502 McCallie Ave., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Local residents are encouraged to bring their unused and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal by law enforcement officials. All medications need to be in their original containers if possible.
Residents will be able to drive-up and drop off their expired/unwanted medications to local law enforcement officials without leaving their cars, according to company officials.
Having unused or expired medications in the home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses and inappropriate use. This event will provide residents the opportunity to dispose of the drugs without harm to families, pets and the environment.
According to Tennessee American Water officials, the public dropoff event is a safe alternative to flushing unwanted medications down the toilet.
“Protecting our local watershed through proper drug disposal is one way residents can have a positive impact on the source of their local water supply,” said Deron Allen, president for Tennessee American Water.
Along with sponsoring the event, Tennessee American Water employees will be volunteering at the event.