Tennessee American Water Announces Fall Drug Take Back for October 28


Tennessee American Water Announces Fall Drug Take Back for October 28

Drug Take Back at 14 Local Sites Makes It Convenient to Drop Off Medications; Document Shredders Available at Four Sites


Chattanooga, Tenn. (October 18, 2017) – Tennessee American Water encourages customers to participate in the fall Drug Take Back day.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.


The fall Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time zone. The purpose of this event is to keep drugs out of the environment and off of our streets. This past spring, over 2000 pounds were collected and properly disposed.


“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Valoria Armstrong, Tennessee American Water President.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.” 


Since 2009 Tennessee American Water has partnered with local pharmacies, law enforcement and drug prevention organizations to offer citizens a chance to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted, unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs (for both pets and people) and avoid misuse or unintentional harm to families, pets and the environment.


“Properly disposing of medication reduces the chance of teenage experimentation and overdose.  We encourage residents to take advantage of the Drug Take Back day by simply driving to one of the locations and dropping off medication with no questions asked,” said Camilla Bibbs, Executive Director of the Hamilton County Coalition (local drug prevention organization).


There will be 12 collections sites in Hamilton County and two in Bradley County.  Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Consumer Affairs, sites in green will have document shredders available for personal documents such as tax information or medical records.


Locations in Hamilton County:

East Ridge - Walgreens at 5301 Ringgold Road

Hixson – Walgreens at 5478 Highway 153

East Brainerd - Walgreens at 2289 Gunbarrel Road

Mt. Canaan Church – 4801 TN Highway 58

Northshore – Walgreens at 110 North Market Street

Red Bank - Food City at 3901 Dayton Boulevard

Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue

Brainerd - Walgreens at 3605 Brainerd Road

Ooltewah - Walgreens at 9307 Lee Highway

St. Elmo – Walgreens at 3550 Broad Street

East Brainerd – Elks Lodge #91 at 1069 Graysville Road

Soddy Daisy – Walgreens at 121 Harrison Lane

Locations in Bradley County:

Cleveland – Walgreens at 35 25th Street

Sheriff’s Office – 2290 Blythe Ave., SE


Along with Tennessee American Water, other sponsors for the Drug Take Back are:

Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

Chattanooga Police Department

City of Chattanooga

Drug Enforcement Administration

East Ridge Police Department

Front Porch Alliance


Hamilton County Coalition

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Organization

Red Bank Police Department

Signal Mountain Police Department

Soddy Daisy Police Department

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation


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Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 390,000 people in Tennessee and northern Georgia. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.tennesseeamwater.com.

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