Unwanted, unused pill drop-off events set for Saturday

Oct. 18, 2016: Kentucky and Tennessee agencies are holding drug collection events Saturday for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

PIGEON FORGE - The Pigeon Forge Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will allow the public to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.

People can bring their unwanted pills for disposal to CVS at 2415 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Only pills or patches are allowed at Saturday’s event. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.

The service is free and anonymous.

It’s the 12th time in six years that authorities in Pigeon Forge will give people this opportunity to get rid of their unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (more than 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA.

The DEA and its partners have taken about 3,200 tons (more than 6.4 million pounds) of pills at its previous 11 events nationwide.

Go to the DEA Diversion website, or call the Pigeon Forge Police Department at (865)453-9063 for more information.

Kentucky State Police are also partnering with the DEA to collect unwanted or unused drugs on Saturday. Every KSP post across the state will accept prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No syringes will be accepted, and liquid products like cough syrup have to be sealed in their original containers. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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