Tennessee Promotes Safe Medication Disposal on Take Back Day

Tennessee encourages residents to dispose of unused medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is partnering with state and local government agencies, substance use prevention coalitions, and law enforcement for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. Over 110 events are planned across Tennessee, mostly from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m local time. Residents can find a Take Back Day event near them using an interactive map.

Take Back Day allows anyone to safely and securely dispose of expired or unneeded medications. In 2023, Tennesseans disposed of nearly 13,000 pounds of medications during the April and October Take Back Days. TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW, emphasized the importance of disposing of prescription opioids and other medications to prevent misuse, addiction, and potential loss of life.

For those unable to attend a Take Back Day event, Tennessee has 379 permanent drug drop boxes, with at least one in each of the state’s 95 counties. In 2023, Tennesseans disposed of more than 57 tons of medications through these drop boxes. An interactive map is available to find a permanent drug drop box near you.

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