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Drug Disposal 

You have the power to protect yourself, family, friends and even strangers from the harms of over the counter and prescription medicine abuse.  Properly disposing of expired and unused drugs and medications could ultimately save a life.

DO NOT FLUSH prescription drugs down the toilet unless the label and/or information specifically instruct you to do so!  The safest way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications are through community drug disposal boxes and “drug take-back” programs.  In fact, Nashville has eight locations where metro residents can bring in and dispose of unused and/or expired OTC and prescribed medications:

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Sunday – Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

  • Central Precinct - 501 Broadway, Suite 300, 
Nashville, TN 37203; (615) 862-7611

Available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

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Facts

More than one hundred people die each day in the United States as a result of drug overdose, while more than six thousand are hospitalized.  As the nation’s death percentage continues to rise, so does Tennessee’s death toll.  Over the past few years, Tennessee has even surpassed the national average and continues to rank among the states with the most prescription drugs per capita.

Without a doubt, Tennessee is in the midst of a deadly epidemic.

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History

The history of medical drugs dates back to the Persian, Egyptian and Greek Empires; however it wasn’t until the late 20th century that the United States’ government began regulating highly addictive medications through the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987.  Despite the government’s regulations, American’s misconceptions regarding the safety of prescription medicines still remain the biggest concern.  Many people, including parents, are unaware of the addictive nature and dangerous side effects of prescribed medications.

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Risk & Addiction 

Addiction occurs as the body’s tolerance for the medication increases.  As tolerance increases in the central nervous system, a higher dosage of the substance will be required to meet the medication’s intended needs.

Many of the effects of prescription medications mimic those of illegal narcotics.  Without proper education and monitoring of instructed dosage, prescribed medication can easily lead to an early addiction.

Potential consequences of abusing prescription medication can include: poor judgment and engaging in risky behavior, using illegal drugs, being involved in crime, motor vehicle accidents, decreased academic or work performance and/or troubled relationships.

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Rehabilitation and Treatments

If you or a loved one is abusing prescription medication, and are ready to begin your road to recovery, please visit our Resources page for local rehabilitation and treatment facilities.