Unwanted Medication Collection on Saturday, March 23

Who: The Knoxville Police Department along with Knox County Solid Waste, the Knox County Health Department and other members of the East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Coalition

What: Properly dispose of old or unwanted prescription medications or over-the-counter medicines

When: Saturday, March 23

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:    North Knox – Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center, 7565 Dannaher Dr.

(at the I-75 Emory Road exit)

South Knox – Walgreens #4169, 4001 Chapman Highway

(at the intersection of Moody Ave. and Chapman Highway)

 Background:  Members of the East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Coalition will be on hand to collect and properly dispose of unwanted medicines Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two Knox County locations, Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center and the South Knox Walgreens at Chapman Highway and Moody Ave. The empty plastic and paper medicine containers will be recycled if left with event organizers.

Medicines can only be dropped off at these locations during the event. At all other times, 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.

These events are sponsored by: the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County and City of Knoxville Solid Waste Offices, Knox County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, UT Academy of Student Pharmacists, KUB, Hallsdale-Powell Utility District, Metropolitan Drug Commission, UnitedHealthcare and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Other partners include: Walgreens, Tennova Healthcare, Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, WBIR CH-10 and B97.5.

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