NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — You can safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription pills tomorrow morning during National Prescription Take-Back Day.
The event is an effort to get potentially dangerous prescription drugs out of homes. Unused medications pose a public health and safety hazard because they could be accidentally ingested, stolen or abused.
Most local law enforcement agencies will be participating, including the Murfreesboro Police. The department’s Major Clyde Adkison says it’s especially important that residents not flush drugs down the drain.
“We’ve learned that some of the medicines are not cleansed from the water filtration system, so we tell everybody now, ‘Please, please, please, do not flush your old medicines down the toilet.’”
The MPD will also be conducting a gun take back Saturday with a gift card given to anyone turning in a weapon.
The two events will be held between 8 a.m. and noon in front of the DePaul Medical Building on the grounds of the St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.