FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Franklin woman was horrified after her children discovered thousands of pharmaceutical pills in the creek and grassy area behind her home this weekend.
Cindy Bramblett told News 2 she notified Franklin authorities, who responded and cleaned up most of the waste. But she said many pills are still left behind.
Her 12-year-old son was playing near Sparks Creek on Saturday when he made the troubling discovery.
His mother investigated and then called Franklin police, who notified other agencies.
“They are in the water supply, in the stream. It looks like prescription medication, pills that someone just dumped. If you have children, would you be ok with me putting this in your backyard? And your creek for your children to play in? If you don’t have children, I would love to educate you on the ramifications and the harm that this could cause our community,” said Bramblett.
What troubles her is that the pills are still scattered in the grass area leading up to a fence of a preschool.
“I really want to know who would dump the pills they weren’t thinking what the ramifications of what this could do to our soil, our creeks, our children,” she said.
What these pills are is unknown, but the family collected as many as five different types of medication from the area around the creek.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is handling the environmental concerns of this case, while Franklin police are handling the criminal aspect of the case.
“At this point, we are providing technical assistance to city on how to clean it up and dispose of at this time. Once clean up in finalized, we will work with city on next steps which may include water sampling. At this point, city of Franklin is the lead on this clean-up,” TDEC told News 2.
Milissa Reierson, spokeswoman for the City of Franklin added the cleanup is ultimately the property owner’s responsibility with the oversight of TDEC.
“We are available to assist as needed and will monitor this situation closely,” she said.
Anyone with information on who may have dumped the pills is urged to call Franklin police 615-794-4000.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Franklin police said a few staffers went by the home and “it appears the pills have been picked up.”