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New ways to dispose of prescription drugs in Tennessee

Published On: Apr 24 2013 08:52:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 03:43:28 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Tennessee announces plans to introduce 14 new permanent collection bins for Tennessee residents to properly dispose of used or unwanted medication.  In a press release, the state says this is a partnership involving The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, local law enforcement agencies across the state and the Tennessee Department of Health.  They say today's announcement will bring the total of permanent collection bins to nearly 40 across the state.

The counties receiving permanent collection bins include:

· Bradley County                                                 

· Carter County                                                                           

· Davidson County                                                                                                

· Dekalb County  

· Dickson County

· Henderson County

· Henry County

· Shelby County

· Smith County

· Sullivan County

· Washington County

· Williamson County      

The state says through TDEC's Pharmaceutical Collection Program, the permanent bins offer a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted medication, while creating opportunities for residents to promote environmental protection and a safer community. National statistics suggest that nearly 90 percent of Americans improperly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.