Dispose of unwanted medication on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you have unused prescription medication in your cabinet, you can get rid of it easily this month.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day nationwide, and there are several places in our area where you can drop off your unwanted drugs.

You can drop-off your prescriptions any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. There are many locations across Middle Tennessee where you can go.

In Nashville, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation headquarters will be accepting the prescriptions. The Brentwood Police Department, Franklin Police Department, and La Vergne Police Department are also part of the initiative and will be taking back prescription drugs.

A full list of drop-off locations can be found below.

In 2016, the DEA collected more than 445 tons of prescription medicine on it’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Agencies in Tennessee collected and disposed of nearly 22,000 pounds of medicine.

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. From 2014 to 2015, opioid painkiller overdose deaths have increased by more than 13 percent in Tennessee.

The DEA says cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines. The agency also says eight out of 10 new heroin users start abusing prescription painkillers before moving to heroin when they can no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

News 2 has taken in-depth look at the opioid crisis in Middle Tennessee. We shared the stories of both addicts and their families, of both hope and despair, as well as what law enforcement faces on the frontlines. For all of those stories, click here.


TBI Headquarters – 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard, Nashville, TN

Brentwood Police Department – 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN

Walgreens – 455 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN

Franklin Police Department – 900 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN

Lavergne Police Department – 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, TN

Walgreens – 198 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN

Walgreens – 365 New Shackle Island, Hendersonville, TN

CVS – 903 Memorial Boulevard, Springfield, TN

Kroger – 510 Highway 76, White House, TN

Walgreens – 4932 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN

Rutherford County Sheriff – 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, TN

Walgreens – 914 Greenlea Boulevard, Gallatin, TN

Perkins Drug Store – 532 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN

Walgreens – 585 Hashville Pike, Gallatin, TN

Sumner County Sheriff’s Office – 117 W. Smith Street, Gallatin, TN

Walgreens – 606 S. Cumberland Street, Lebanon, TN

Lebanon Police Department – 406 Tennessee Boulevard, Lebanon, TN

Wilson Co. Sheriff’s Office – 105 East High Street, Lebanon, TN

Walgreens – 104 Hwy. 52, Portland, TN

Middle TN State University – 1848 Blue Raider Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

First Bank – 345 Hwy. 46 South, Dickson, TN

Trousdale County TN Sheriff’s Office – 210 Broadway, Hartsville, TN

Carthage Police Department – Carthage City Hall, Carthage, TN

1st Baptist Church – 304 E. Depot Street, Shelbyville, TN

CVS Pharmacy – 700 W. College St., Pulaski, TN

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department – 4151 Thornton Taylor Pkwy., Fayetteville, TN

Kentucky State Police Post 3 – 3119 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY

Warren County Drug Task Force – 5065 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green. KY

Warren County Drug Task Force, 911 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green, KY

Allen County Sheriff Department – 194 W. Wood Street, Scottsville, KY

Walgreens – 500 S. Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN

Andy’s Pharmacy – 305 West Spring Street, Cookeville, TN

Walgreens – 950 N. Washington Avenue, Cookeville, TN

Walgreens – 500 south willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN

First Vision Bank – 2134 Hillsboro Hwy., Manchester, TN

Manchester Police Department – 200 West Fort Street, Manchester, TN

Algood Police Department – 215 W. Main Street, Cookeville, TN

Mcminnville Police Department – 204 Red Road, McMinnville, TN

WLX Country Café – 1212 North Locust Avenue, Lawrenceburg, TN

White County Sheriff’s Department – 111 Depot Street, Sparta, TN

Walgreens – 483 West Bockman Way, Sparta, TN

Monterey Police Department – 711 East Commercial Avenue , Monterey, TN

Glascow Police Department – 101 Pin Oak Lane, Glasgow, KY

Tompkinsville Police Department – 201 E. 2nd Street, Tompkinsville, KY

R & M Pharmacy – 1970 Bradford Hicks Drive, Livingston, TN

Fred’s Pharmacy – 534 North Military Street #1 Loretto, TN

Kentucky State Police Post 2, 1000 Western Kentucky Pkwy., Nortonville , KY

Trigg County Sheriff’s Office – 134 Commerce Street, Cadiz, KY