If you need to safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office now has a permanent bin to drop off unneeded medication. The bin was donated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at the request of Deputy Jim Noe of the Community Service Unit. The sheriff’s office hopes that this bin will keep prescription drugs off the streets and prevent people from flushing medication into the county water system, where it is hazardous both for animals and people.
The drop off bin is located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office at 940 New Salem Highway and will be available 24 hours a day for public use. All disposals can be made anonymously, so people are encouraged to drop off illegal narcotics as well. Medications must be in a container or bag and any liquids must be sealed. The front of the bin has a list of further instructions for proper disposal.