Community Drug Take Back Is Saturday For Proper Disposal Of Old Medications

Monday, October 22, 2018

Tennessee American Water is partnering with law enforcement agencies, community organizations and other government agencies to promote a community Drug Take Back on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The purpose of this event is to keep drugs out of the environment and off of streets. Two of the locations will also include document shredders provided by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Consumer Affairs.

Local residents are encouraged to drive up and drop off their old medications – prescriptions or over-the-counter -- for proper disposal at one of the 15 area locations in Hamilton, Bradley or Sequatchie Counties.  Walgreens in East Brainerd and Mt. Canaan Baptist Church will have document shredders available for personal documents such as tax information or medical records: 

Locations in Hamilton, Bradley and Sequatchie Counties:

Walgreens Locations

Walgreens in East Brainerd - 2289 Gunbarrel Road

Mt. Canaan Baptist Church – 4801 Hwy. 58

Walgreens in Hixson - 5478 TN Highway 153

Walgreens in East Ridge - 5301 Ringgold Road

Walgreens in Brainerd - 3605 Brainerd Road

Walgreens in Ooltewah - 9307 County Highway

Walgreens in Soddy Daisy – 121 Harrison Lane

Walgreens in St. Elmo – 3550 Broad Street

Walgreens in Northshore – 110 North Market Street

Walgreens in Dunlap – 14857 Rankin Avenue

Walgreens in Cleveland – 35 25th Street NW

Other Community Sites

Elk’s Lodge #91 – 1069 Graysville Road

First Baptist Church – 506 East 8th Street

Food City in Red Bank - 3901 Dayton Boulevard

Orchard Knob Baptist Church – 1734 E. 3rd Street

Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue

 The program has positive community and environmental benefits.  Having unused or expired medications in the home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses, or inappropriate use/abuse.  In a well-intentioned effort to avoid these problems, many people flush unwanted medications down the toilet as a means of disposal.  However, flushing medications means that traces of these drugs eventually end up back in the environment, said officials. 

“Experience shows that the most effective and cost-efficient way to ensure high-quality water at the tap is to keep our source waters clean," said Kitty Vaughn, Tennessee American Water supervisor of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance. "We support this partnership because it helps spread an important message to the public: Don't flush medications down the toilet, where they would eventually end up in our waterways.”

The local Drug Take Back program offers citizens a chance to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted, unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs (for both pets and people) and avoid misuse or unintentional harm to families, pets and the environment. 

“Properly disposing of medication reduces the chance of teenage experimentation and overdose.  We encourage residents to take advantage of the drug take back day by simply driving to one of the locations and dropping off medication with no questions asked,” said Camilla Bibbs, executive director of the Hamilton County Coalition. 

Along with Tennessee American Water and the Hamilton County Coalition, other partners with the Drug Take Back are: 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

CHI Memorial

City of Chattanooga Police Department

City of Chattanooga Youth & Family Development

CHI Memorial

Drug Enforcement Administration

East Ridge Police Department

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Organization

Red Bank Police Department

Signal Mountain Police Department

Soddy Daisy Police Department

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

UnitedHealthcare

Walgreens


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