Spring Cleaning Good Time to Dispose of Old Medications Properly
Drug Take Back at 14 Local Sites Makes It Convenient to Drop Off Medications; Document Shredders Available at Four Sites
The 9th Annual National Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time zone. The purpose of this event is to keep drugs out of the environment and off of our streets. Four 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 simply drive up and drop off their old medications – prescriptions or over-the-counter -- for proper disposal at one of the 11 Hamilton County area locations. There are also three sites in Bradley County. Sites in green 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
- Walgreens in Northshore – 110 North Market Street
- Walgreens in Harrison/Highway 58 – 4542 TN Highway 58
- Food City in Red Bank - 3901 Dayton Boulevard
- Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue
- Walgreens in Brainerd - 3605 Brainerd Road
- Walgreens in East Ridge - 5301 Ringgold Road
- Walgreens in Ooltewah - 9307 County Highway
- Walgreens in Soddy Daisy – 121 Harrison Lane
- Walgreens in St. Elmo – 3550 Broad Street
- Locations in Bradley County:
- Walgreens in Cleveland – 25 25th Street, NW
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office – 2290 Blythe Avenue, SE
Cleveland Family YMCA – Healthy Kids Days – 220 Urbane Road
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 Valoria Armstrong, President of Tennessee American Water.
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:
Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office
Chattanooga Police Department
City of Chattanooga
Drug Enforcement Administration
East Ridge Police Department
Front Porch Alliance
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 Bureau of Investigation