National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Worried you’ve missed an opportunity to turn in your unused or expired prescription medications? Tennesseans will have another chance to do just that very soon.

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, April 28 as part of a campaign by Count It! Lock It! Drop It!. The community program began in Coffee County, Tenn to help tackle the county’s drug overdose epidemic. 

Substances Accepted at Take-Back Events

  • Unused or expired prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter “solid dosage” medications (such as tablets and caplets)

Substances Not Accepted at Take-Back Events

  • Illicit drugs, such as marijuana, heroin and LSD
  • Insulin syringes or other medical sharps and needles
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Iodine-containing medications
  • Mercury-containing thermometers

 There are events and dropboxes to dispose of the prescription medications such as the Knoxville Police Department and the Walgreens on Chapman Highway. Use the drop box/ take-back finder page to find the location nearest to you participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For more information visit

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