Knoxville (WVLT) -- The Knox County Health Department's Dispensary of Hope Program is finding a great way to put excess drugs to use.
Dispensary of Hope is a non-profit, statewide network of physicians, pharmacies and businesses working to provide medication to Tennesseans who can not afford them.
Since March 2006, the KCHD Dispensary Program has received more than one million drug sample donations and has decided to provide these drugs free of charge to low income families and those without health insurance.
KCHD Director of Pharmacy, John Duncan says, "The way the program works is that through our network, the physicians donate their in-date excess samples. Those samples that they knew they were not going to be able to use and end up in the landfill."
Other dispensing sites are located in nashville and Murfreesboro.
KCHD distributes medication locally to Interfaith Health Clinic, the Good Samaritan Clinic in Blunt County and Mountain Hope Good Shepard in Sevier County.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.