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National Take Back Prescription Drug Day is Saturday

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day tomorrow.  On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at two locations in the county, you can get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  In West Knox County, the location is Farragut Drugs at 11424 on Kingston Pike.  In North Knox County, it is Riggs Drug Store at 604 E. Emory Road.  Bring pills or patches only!  The site cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

KCSO Chief Lee Tramel says this project is an important safety and public health issue.  “Getting rid of unused or unwanted prescription drugs is one way of eliminating the possibility of opiates falling into the wrong hands,” said Tramel.   “We know that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

Studies show that the traditional ways of getting rid of unwanted medicine such as flushing down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can cause potential safety and health hazards.


Last year, the KCSO collected 750 pounds of pills at one location.  Officers are expecting even more this year since there are two locations participating.



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