Safely Disposing Unwanted Medication
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
National prescription drug take back events highilight the importance of safely disposing medications that are no longer needed or expired. The 15th National Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018. Click this link to locate a participating collection site in your area.
At the 14th National Take Back Day in October 2017, Tennesseans disposed of more than 68,000 pounds of pills.
Safe At-Home Disposal
Do not flush or pour medications down the drain. Remove medication from original packaging and mix with an undesirable substance such kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Place the mixture in a bag and throw in your trash container. Remove and destroy any personal information on the empty medicine container and recycle the empty container.
Drug Take-Back Boxes
Prescription drug take-back boxes provide a place where unused prescription drugs can be safely disposed. These permanent boxes prevent prescription and over-the-counter medications from getting into the hands of children and into the waterways. They make sure they are disposed of in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. Find a location near you: Prescription Drug Take-Back Box Map
Count It! Drop It! Lock It!® is a comprehensive community program for prescription drug abuse prevention that began in Coffee County, Tenn. CLD empowers and educates individuals on how they can help prevent prescription drug misuse by properly counting, locking, or disposing of prescription medications.
Count It! Make it a goal to count your pills once every two weeks. This will prevent theft and help ensure medications are taken properly.
Lock It! Lock up your medications and store them in a secure place that others would not think to look.
Drop It! Drop off your unused or expired medications for proper disposal at drop boxes located in participating law enforcement offices or pharmacies.