Drug Takeback - Tennessee

What to do with Leftover Medicines

Tennessee

Follow the links below to find options for leftover medication take-back locations in your state. Those with the most information are listed first.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a police station/law enforcement facility.This type of site generally accepts controlled substances.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a pharmacy.This type of site does NOT accept controlled substances.

 

Department of Environment & Conservation

The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation hosts drug take-back sites in law enforcement agencies, organized by county. Check the agency websites for more information about what they can or cannot accept for disposal.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

AWARxE

AWARxE lists pharmacies, police departments and sheriff’s offices that have permanent medication disposal drop-boxes. AWARxE is a consumer protection program brought to you by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation. ® AWARErx.org is an online resource for information about medicine safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safe purchase of medications on the Internet.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances. Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

Dispose My Meds

By entering your zip code in the search field of this locator tool, you can find take-back locations at community pharmacies across Tennessee. Additionally the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offers Dispose My Meds information and resources to help pharmacies create programs that allow patients to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines. Click here for a full list of NCPA’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge

Use this interactive map tool to find a number of medication take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Tennessee. The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community-based public health initiative, in partnership with local law enforcement, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The initiative also organizes a nationwide day of pharmaceutical waste disposal on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country. Click here for a list of AMCC’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

Rx Drug Drop Box

This map-based site lists several take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Tennessee. Rx Drug Drop Box is a program launched by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), a nonprofit that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

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