The abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid pain killers, has resulted in epidemic levels of addiction, overdoses and death across the country. These unused and unwanted prescription drugs, when left in drawers and cabinets, are at risk of being used, stolen or sold by family members and visitors. According to the DEA, the majority of prescription drug abusers report they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.
TBI offices in Nashville and Chattanooga are among more than 220 permanent collection bins that exist across all 95 counties. Boxes at these facilities are available for residents to drop off all unused, outdated or unnecessary prescription drugs. A drop-off box is in the lobby at TBI Headquarters at 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard in Nashville, and at the TBI Chattanooga office at 6040 Century Oaks Drive.
In Marshall County, the lobby of the Marshall County Sheriff’s office is open 24/7 and has a drop off box at all times. No questions are asked just come in, drop them in the box, and leave.
To find other locations across the state that have a permanent bin for disposing of unwanted household pharmaceuticals, visit http://tn.gov/environment/article/sp-unwanted-pharmaceuticals