MJPD is providing this program to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items without resorting to flushing medications and other medical waste down the drain. Flushing medications into the water supply results in the virtual contamination of water systems and threatens all of the ecosystems that rely on a clean water supply to exist.
In addition, saving unused or expired medications can pose a danger to small children who may needlessly find and swallow these products. Unused medication can also fall into the hands of criminals who may attempt to sell in the illegal drug market.
Acceptable items include:
All over-the-counter medications
Medicated ointment, lotions, or drops
Liquid medications in leak-proof containers
Pills in any packaging, including glass, plastic container, baggie (Ziploc) or foil
Items not accepted include:
Needles/sharps or syringes with needles
Blood sugar equipment
Bloody or infectious waster
Personal care products (Shampoo, soap, lotions, etc.)
Keep medications in original container, if possible. To protect privacy, cross out the name and address on medications. Do not cross out the name of the medication.
The collection bin is one of 10 statewide being placed at law enforcement agencies through a partnership with local authorities and the TDEC. The new bins bring the total number to 23 in Tennessee.
Many citizens simply dont know that throwing medication away with the household garbage or flushing it is not the preferred way to dispose of them, said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.This joint effort is designed to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so.
As part of TDECs new program, which was announced earlier this year, permanent collection bin recipients were chosen from applications submitted by local law enforcement agencies, in return for their commitment to secure and monitor the bins.TDEC also will require a monthly report on the total of pounds collected.Other counties receiving the bins, in addition to Wilson, are Clay, Dyer, Haywood, Humphreys, Johnson, Madison, Overton, Putnam and Sevier.
Monitoring across the nation has indicated the presence of pharmaceuticals in our surface water and waste water, Martineau added. TDEC is pleased to present these new permanent collection drop-off boxes, offering a safe and viable disposal option to keep drugs out of our water and off the streets.
TDEC sponsors both the new permanent collection sites and temporary collection events throughout the year.
For Tennessee communities without permanent collection bins, the Drug Enforcement Administration and a number of cities and counties schedule one-time events throughout the year in various locations.The DEA also will hold a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in communities across the country.To learn more about DEAs National Take Back Day, including how to find a collection event near you, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.