Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29

Accidental exposure to medications can be a problem in the United States and it’s often in homes with young children, so it’s important to dispose of expired and old medications in the home as they present an unnecessary health risk.


The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys
that they get their drugs from friends and family.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers a way to safely and conveniently dispose of medications. On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., several local law enforcement agencies will accept pills for safe disposal (needles, sharps and liquids cannot be accepted.)

In 2016, this is a free and anonymous service that resulted in 893,498 pounds of pills being collected, and of that number 21,229 pounds were collected in Tennessee.

 National Prescription Drug Take-Back


Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses - 78 a day - in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

 Eight out of 10 new heroin users began
by abusing prescription painkillers
and moved to heroin
when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

It’s important, however, you don’t dispose of old medications and drugs in the sewer or in the garbage can – both of those disposal methods can lead to accidental exposure, contaminated water, or intentional misuse.

Waste Connection of Tennessee, Memphis encourages everyone to support the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day as a way to protect our communities from unnecessary exposure to medications in the home and minimize the risk for abuse.

Below are two drop off locations or you can search online and locate other locations closer to you.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Shelby County Building
1080 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN

West Memphis Police Dept.
Permanent Drop Box
626 E Broadway
West Memphis, TN


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