Hawkins Co., TBI participate in prescription drug take-back

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Hawkins Co. Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is participating in an initiative Saturday sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a free event for individuals who have accumulated expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications.

The Hawkins Co. Sheriff's Office will team up with Food City to host two "drug drop-off" stations at the grocer's stores in Church Hill, 731 Highway 11-W and in Rogersville, 1287 East Main Street.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson is encouraging everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to rid their home of unwanted prescription drugs or medicines.

Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the medications can be dropped off for safe disposal at the TBI headquarters, 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard in Nashville.

During five previous drop-off events, officials say 2 million pounds of prescription medication were taken out of circulation nationally.

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