September 4, 2013, at 10:30 am, the Shelby
County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will
introduce a new permanent collection bin located at 11670 Memphis-Arlington Road. This will be available for Shelby
County residents to properly dispose of used or unwanted medications.
This will bring the number of permanent collection bins statewide
to 40 with this being the first
one in Shelby County.
This permanent bin offers a safe and easy way to dispose of
unwanted medication, while creating opportunities for residents to promote
environmental protection and a safer community. National statistics suggest that
nearly 90 percent of Americans
improperly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter
This effort by the Shelby
County Sheriff's Office is serving a need to keep the environment safe of
those unwanted medications and prescription drugs. It's also our way to educate
the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. With this new
drop-box, citizens will be provided a way of disposing of these drugs.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office will also continue to work annually with the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back events. The media is invited to attend.