TDEC Partners With Google To Protect Water Quality From Unwanted Pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced a partnership with Google Maps to help Tennessee citizens identify nearby locations to safely dispose of their unwanted pharmaceuticals. 
 
TDEC has worked with various stakeholders to make available 334 permanent collection bins for expired, unused or unwanted household medications across all 95 counties in Tennessee. Using Google Maps, Tennesseans can now type “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” to see those locations on Google Maps.
 
“TDEC is at its best when it is partnering with other public and private organizations to find solutions to enhance services for Tennesseans,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers.
“We appreciate this new partnership with Google and our shared commitment to keeping drugs out of our waterways and out of the wrong hands.”
 
Flushing medications or draining drugs down a sink allows chemicals to enter streams or groundwater where they can affect drinking water and stream ecosystems. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to adequately remove chemicals found in drugs. 
 
"Google is honored to partner with states including Tennessee to make it easier for Americans to safely dispose of unwanted medications, including those that are fueling the tragic opioid epidemic," said Google User Safety Initiative Senior Counsel Michael Trinh. "With just a single search on Google, Americans can quickly find convenient disposal locations open year-round, and do their part to reduce the harmful health and environmental impacts of excess medications."
 
Medications accepted in the bins include liquid prescriptions, ointments, pills, over-the-counter medications and pet medications. For a map of bin locations statewide, visit http://tdeconline.tn.gov/rxtakeback/.
 
The national Drug Enforcement Agency is also hosting a Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, and drop-off locations can be found at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Erlanger Donates AED To Sequatchie County Schools

Senate Health Committee Leaders Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft Legislation To Reduce Health Care Costs

3 Erlanger Express Cares Open Memorial Day Weekend


Officials with Erlanger Health System donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Sequatchie County Schools on May 22. “We are beyond proud to offer this device to Sequatchie County ... (click for more)

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Thursday released the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019—bipartisan discussion draft legislation to ... (click for more)

Erlanger officials announced today that three new Erlanger Express Care locations in Soddy-Daisy, East Brainerd and downtown Chattanooga will be opening Memorial Day Weekend. According to Erlanger ... (click for more)


Living Well

Erlanger Donates AED To Sequatchie County Schools

Officials with Erlanger Health System donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Sequatchie County Schools on May 22. “We are beyond proud to offer this device to Sequatchie County Schools,” said vice president and CEO of Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital and Sequatchie Valley ED Stephanie Boynton. “Quick use of an AED in a heart-related incident can greatly affect the outcome ... (click for more)

Senate Health Committee Leaders Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft Legislation To Reduce Health Care Costs

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Thursday released the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019—bipartisan discussion draft legislation to reduce health care costs. “There's one issue I hear a lot about from Tennesseans, and it is, ‘What are you going to do about the health care costs I pay for out of my own pocket?’ Well, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Jury Finds Salas-Rufino Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Stabbing Death

A Criminal Court jury on Friday found Zacarias "Carlos" Salas-Rufino guilty of second-degree murder as charged. Judge Barry Steelman will set the sentence on July 25. A city police officer testified on Wednesday that he found Yessica Ruiz covered with blood and her two children sobbing beside her on Sept. 26, 2016. It was testified at an earlier hearing that Salas-Rufino ... (click for more)

Frank Fischer Returns To Lead Volkswagen Chattanooga

Volkswagen announced on Friday that Frank Fischer, who led the company's operations in Chattanooga from 2008-2014, is returning to the plant as chief executive. Mr. Fischer was with the local plant when they broke ground in 2008. He left Chattanooga in 2014 to work for a Volkswagen factory in Germany. Mr. Fischer will take the place of Antonio Pinto, who is transferring to ... (click for more)

Opinion

It Is Outrageous That County School Administration Used Our Tax Dollars For Political Lobbying

Dear Dr. Johnson, The campaign central at HCDE headquarters needs a Tennessee Little Hatch Act study time and education. The heart of the issue is that HCDE utilized our tax dollars to lobby against vouchers with employee time, equipment, and lobby payments. Here is my point, I supported ESA vouchers for Hamilton County, and so did a lot of families that desired parental ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

With all due reverence and respect for Memorial Day this Monday, The Saturday Funnies knows that those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom deserve not our laughter, but our warm memories of their devotion to our country and our fellow troops. But if you were to venture into a VFW this weekend, or come across two or more of our heroes sharing a toast, it is a safe bet ... (click for more)