April 29– The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation joins the Drug Enforcement Administration for a program Saturday that gives Tennesseans a chance to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription pills.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30, residents can drop off pills or patches to be disposed of at locations all across the state. The service is free and anonymous. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.
Last September, people across the country turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
Area locations include: Savannah Police Department at 80 King St. in Savannah, McNairy County Sheriff’s Office at 300 Industrial Drive in Selmer, Waynesboro Police Department in the Frank Hughes School at 444 Main St. in Clifton, and Decatur County Sheriff’s Department at 138 E. Main St. in Decaturville.
The prescription drop-off event also serves as the kick-off of a new permanent prescription drug take-back initiative. The Tennessee Household Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program is a partnership of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the TBI Dangerous Drug Task Force, and private companies.
Law enforcement agencies in all 95 counties across Tennessee will have boxes at their offices available for residents to drop off waste pharmaceuticals from their homes.