2-Day Event Set to Collect Unwanted Medications, Exchange Mercury Thermometers

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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2-Day Event Set to Collect Unwanted Medications, Exchange Mercury Thermometers

Posted: 04/09/2015
The City of Knoxville Police Department and other local sponsors are hosting a two-day collection of outdated or unwanted medications and a used mercury thermometer exchange on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day at Belew Drugs, 5908 Washington Pike Suite 102 (at the corner of Washington Pike and Murphy Road). 

The event provides an easy way for residents to turn in unwanted or outdated prescription medicines, over-the-counter medications and used mercury thermometers for proper disposal. In addition, residential and household medications, and medications from businesses such as doctor's offices, veterinarian clinics and nursing homes, will also be accepted. 

The goal of the medicine collection is to prevent these pharmaceutical and over-the-counter products from getting into area water resources – or into the hands of children – and to make sure they are disposed of in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. 

The effort is part of an ongoing, nationwide effort to reduce the amount of drugs, fragrances, sunscreen products and nutritional supplements that are entering water resources from either being flushed or poured down drains. Any empty plastic containers and paper packaging left with the event organizers will be recycled. 

Sponsors of the event are the City of Knoxville's Office of Solid Waste, the Knoxville Police Department, the Knoxville Utilities Board, the Knox County Health Department, the Knox County Solid Waste Department, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Quality RX Returns LLC, Belew Drugs, WBIR TV Channel 10, and the University of Tennessee's Academy of Student Pharmacists. 

Can't make it to the collection event? Old medicines can be brought anytime to the Knoxville Police Department, 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave., and deposited in a secure collection container located near the information desk.