UPDATE: The unwanted medication collection event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Knoxville Police said the event has been canceled due to officers being reassigned to new duties in relation to the planned rally and protests in Fort Sanders on Saturday.

Knox County residents can bring old or unused medicines to the Knoxville Police Department Safety Building at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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On Saturday, Aug. 26, Knoxville leaders will hold an Unwanted Medication Collection for people to properly dispose of old or unwanted prescription medications or over-the-counter medicines.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fountain City Food City parking lot, 4805 N. Broadway.

Medicines can be dropped off at this location only during the event. At all other times, Knox County residents can bring old or unused medicines to the Knoxville Police Department Safety Building at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Safety Building is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This event is sponsored by the Knoxville Police Department, along with the Knox County and City of Knoxville Solid Waste Offices, the Knox County Health Department, and other members of the East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Coalition.