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September 21, 2015
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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Provides More Options for Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal

"The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies, announced today the growing success of the permanent collection bins for Tennessee residents to properly dispose of used or unwanted medication. Today’s announcement brings the total of 143 permanent collection bins statewide."

"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 National statistics suggest that nearly 90 percent of Americans improperly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs." 

 

"'This joint effort with local law enforcement agencies and multiple state agencies is important to educate citizens on the appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so,' said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. 'We need to make Tennessee citizens aware that throwing medication away with household garbage or flushing it is not a safe method of disposal. These additional permanent collection drop-off boxes offer Tennessean’s a safe and viable disposal option to keep drugs out of our water and off the streets.'"

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TDEC Provides More Options for Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal
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