Tennessee American Water Announces Spring Drug Take Back

Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Bi-Annual National Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of this event is to keep drugs out of the environment and off our streets. Three locations will also include document shredders provided by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Consumer Affairs.

Local residents are encouraged to simply drive up and drop off their old medications – prescriptions or over-the-counter -- for proper disposal at one of the 13 Hamilton County area locations.
 Sites in green bold will have document shredders available for personal documents such as tax information or medical records:

Locations in Hamilton County:

Walgreens in Hixson - 5478 TN Highway 153

Walgreens in East Brainerd - 2289 Gunbarrel Road

Mt. Canaan Baptist Church – 4801 Hwy. 58

Sam’s Club – 6101 Lee Highway

Elk’s Lodge #91 – 1069 Graysville Road

Food City in Red Bank - 3901 Dayton Boulevard

Orchard Knob Baptist Church – 1734 E. 3rd Street

Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue

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 East Ridge - 5301 Ringgold Road

Marion County Location:

Jasper City Hall – 4460 Main Street

(9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time Zone)

Sequatchie County Location:

Walgreens in Dunlap - 14857 Rankin Ave

Bradley County Location:

Walgreens in Cleveland – 35 25th Street NW

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. 

“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. 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,” said Kitty Vaughn, Tennessee American Water Supervisor of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance.

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, other sponsors for the Drug Take Back are:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

City of Chattanooga Police Department

City of Chattanooga Youth & Family Development

CHI Memorial

Drug Enforcement Administration

East Ridge Police Department

Hamilton County Coalition

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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