|June 7, 2012 -
If you have old or unwanted prescription medications or over-the-counter medicines, you can safely dispose of them this Saturday, June 9, at two locations.
The collections will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
The locations are:
In Knoxville at the Walgreens at 7523 Kingston Pike, across from West Town Mall;
In Scott County at the S.T.A.N.D. office, 115 Sheppard Road, Oneida.
Officials from Knox County, the City of Knoxville and East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Coalition will be on hand in both locations to collect and properly dispose of the unwanted medicines. The empty plastic containers for the medicines will be recycled if left with the event organizers.
Old, unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals are a household hazard to children and anyone else who might take them without a prescription.
The Knoxville event is sponsored by: The Knoxville Police Department, City and County Solid Waste Offices, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, UT Academy of Student Pharmacists, Hallsdale-Powell Utility District, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, KUB, and the Knox County Health Department. S.T.A.N.D. of Scott County is also a sponsor. Other partners include Walgreens and Firehouse Subs.
At all other times, Knoxville and Knox County residents can bring old or unused medicines to the Knoxville Police Department Safety Building at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Safety Building is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.