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MJPD installs pharmaceutical drug disposal bin
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

West Wilson County residents now have a safe and local place to dispose of expired and unused medication. 

The Mt. Juliet Police Department installed Wilson County’s first public pharmaceutical disposal bin that is available in the front lobby of police headquarters. Residents can safely dispose of their unused medication at all hours. The bin was supplied by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Office of Sustainable Practices. Last week was the first week the drop bin was available for public use, and 47 pounds of waste has already been collected.

“We want to provide our community a safe, secure location where they can properly dispose of their prescription medications,” said MJPD Chief Andy Garrett. “Not only are there environmental concerns, we also don’t want dangerous prescription drugs ending up in the hands of our children.”

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is providing this program to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items without resorting to flushing medications and other medical waste down the drain. Flushing medications into the water supply results in the virtual contamination of our water systems and threatens all of the ecosystems that rely on a clean water supply to exist. In addition, saving unused or expired medications can pose a danger to small children who may needlessly find and swallow these products. Unused medication can also fall into the hands of criminals who may attempt to sell in the illegal drug market.

Acceptable items include:

Prescription medications

All over-the-counter medications

Pet medications

Medicated ointment, lotions, or drops

Liquid medications in leak-proof containers

Inhalers

Pills in any packaging, including glass, plastic container, baggie (Ziploc) or foil

Items not accepted include:

Needles/sharps or syringes with needles

Blood sugar equipment

Thermometers

IV Bags

Bloody or infectious waster

Personal care products (Shampoo, soap, lotions, etc.)

Keep medications in original container, if possible. To protect privacy, cross out the name and address on medications. Do not cross out the name of the medication.