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Unused or Expired Pharmaceuticals Disposal

Metro residents can bring all kinds of unused or expired pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medications to the following Metro Police Precincts:Pharmecutical drop box

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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
Madison Precinct - 430 Myatt Drive
Central Precinct - 601 Korean Veterans Blvd
Midtown Hills Precinct – 1443 12th Avenue South

Available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Police Headquarters - 200 James Robertson Parkway

Items Accepted for the Pharmaceutical Collection Program

  • Prescriptions
  • Over the counter medications
  • Pet medications
  • Medicated ointment, lotions or drops
  • Liquid medications (in leak-proof containers)
  • Inhalers
  • Pills in any packaging (glass bottles, plastic containers, plastic bags, etc.)

Items Not Accepted in the Program

  • Illegal drugs & narcotics (although police will accept these items if placed in the container)
  • Sharps/needles - Metro Public Health recommends following EPA guidelines for disposing of used needles, syringes and other sharps at home
  • Blood sugar equipment
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc)

Safe At-Home Disposal

  • Remove medication from original packaging and mix with an undesirable substance (kitty litter or used coffee grounds)
  • Place the mixture in a bag and throw in your trash container
  • Remove and destroy any personal information on the empty medicine container and recycle the empty container

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