Tennessee American Water Announces Fall Drug Take Back For Oct. 28

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tennessee American Water encourages customers to participate in the fall Drug Take Back day. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

The fall Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.
m. The purpose of this event is to keep drugs out of the environment and off of our streets. This past spring, over 2000 pounds were collected and properly disposed.

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Valoria Armstrong, Tennessee American Water president.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.”  

Since 2009 Tennessee American Water has partnered with local pharmacies, law enforcement and drug prevention organizations to offer citizens a chance to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted, unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs (for both pets and people) and avoid misuse or unintentional harm to families, pets and the environment.

“Properly disposing of medication reduces the chance of teenage experimentation and overdose. We encourage residents to take advantage of the Drug Take Back day by simply driving to one of the locations and dropping off medication with no questions asked,” said Camilla Bibbs, executive director of the Hamilton County Coalition (local drug prevention organization).

There will be 12 collections sites in Hamilton County and two in Bradley County.  Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Consumer Affairs, sites in green will have document shredders available for personal documents such as tax information or medical records.

Locations in Hamilton County:
East Ridge - Walgreens at 5301 Ringgold Road 
Hixson – Walgreens at 5478 Highway 153
East Brainerd - Walgreens at 2289 Gunbarrel Road
Mt. Canaan Church – 4801 TN Highway 58
Northshore – Walgreens at 110 North Market Street
Red Bank - Food City at 3901 Dayton Boulevard 
Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue
Brainerd - Walgreens at 3605 Brainerd Road
Ooltewah - Walgreens at 9307 Lee Highway 
St. Elmo – Walgreens at 3550 Broad Street
East Brainerd – Elks Lodge #91 at 1069 Graysville Road
Soddy Daisy – Walgreens at 121 Harrison Lane
Locations in Bradley County:
Cleveland – Walgreens at 35 25th Street
Sheriff’s Office – 2290 Blythe Ave., SE

Along with Tennessee American Water, other sponsors for the Drug Take Back are: 
Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
Chattanooga Police Department
City of Chattanooga
Drug Enforcement Administration
East Ridge Police Department
Front Porch Alliance
GRAAB
Hamilton County Coalition
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Organization
Red Bank Police Department
Signal Mountain Police Department
Soddy Daisy Police Department
Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs
Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Walgreens 



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