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5 Tons of Unwanted Medication Disposed of in MNPD Collection Boxes


January 27, 2014


The police department’s continuing and highly successful drug take-back initiative for unwanted/outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications has now exceeded 10,000 pounds in collections.
Specially designed containers in the lobbies of all seven police precincts and at headquarters provide a convenient way for citizens to safely dispose of medicines in an environmentally friendly way.  Clearing out medicine cabinets promotes public safety by reducing the risk of outdated medication falling into the hands of children or potential thieves looking to support drug habits.  The collection boxes were first unveiled in April 2011 as Nashville launched the state’s first comprehensive county-wide medication take-back program.
Collection totals by year are:
2014 to date:  136 pounds
2013:  4,188 pounds
2012:  3,539 pounds
2011:  2,175 pounds
Citizens are invited to bring medications to the permanent collection boxes in the lobbies of these police buildings:

  • North Precinct, 2231 26th Avenue North
  • South Precinct, 5101 Harding Place
  • East Precinct, 936 E. Trinity Lane
  • West Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike
  • Hermitage Precinct, 3701 James Kay Lane
  • Central Precinct, 501 Broadway
  • Madison Precinct, 400 Myatt Drive
  • Police Headquarters, 200 James Robertson Parkway
The contents of the boxes are collected at regular intervals and responsibly destroyed.


 Medications being removed from a collection box