Area law enforcement agencies to team up this weekend to take back drugs


KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Area law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to prevent the abuse of medications.

This Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Their aim is to provide a safe convenient way for disposing of prescription drugs. The goal of the campaign is to prevent overdoses, accidental poisonings, and environmental contamination.

The Kingsport Police Department reports when it held its first drug take-back event back in 2010, they collected 179 pounds of medication in just a few hours. In 2012, a permanent drop box called “Project Drug Drop Zone” was installed in the lobby of the Justice Center located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport. The box is accessible 24 hours a day. So far, KPD has collected and destroyed more than 6,546 pounds of unwanted and expired medications.

In addition to Kingsport, several areas in our region at participating in the campaign.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is setting up a collection site at its facilities located at 140 Blountville Bypass from 10am to 2pm.

And the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office joins forces with Food City stores this Saturday. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HCSO is operating two drug drop-off stations at the Food City stores located in Church Hill at 731 Highway 11W and the 1287 East Main Street in Rogersville. If you can’t make it out to these locations on Saturday, the HCSO has a drug drop-off box located in the lobby of its offices and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Other locations to drop off drugs in the Tri-Cities 

Gray Community Center

113 Gray Ruritan Road

Johnson City Police Department

Main Street

Jonesborough Fire Hall

123 Boone Street

Bristol Police Department

801 Anderson Street

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

Church Street

Erwin Police Department

Main Street

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Elizabethton Police Department

525 E F Street

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Greeneville Water Commission

516 N. Main Street

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Washington County, VA

Michael’s Pharmacy in Abingdon

Highlands Shopping Center

Glade Spring Pharmacy

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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