WBIR invited the public to turn in old and unwanted medication during a takeback event on Friday, and dozens arrived make a difference and responsibly dispose of 575 pounds of drugs.

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That's more than 200 pounds more than we collected at a similar event last July, where we collected nearly 350 pounds of medication.

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The event was held at the station at 1513 Bill Williams Ave. in North Knoxville as part of the station's effort to raise awareness about the opioid crisis in East Tennessee.

The Metro Drug Coalition and Knoxville Police Department was on hand to take any old or unwanted medications in WBIR's back parking lot from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

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For anyone who was unable to make it to the event, KPD accepts unwanted medications 24 hours a day at its headquarters at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. You can also drop off old and unwanted drugs at the Walgreens at North Northshore and Papermill Drives.