Dispensary of hope in East Tennessee

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.

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