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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Take Back is a nationwide event that occurs twice a year (fall and spring). This is a multi-agency partnership aimed at making our communities safer by turning in unused and expired medications. 

Our community turned in 246 lbs of prescription medications at the Fall 2023 Drug Take Back. 

Check back in Spring to find out the date and details of the Spring 2024 Drug Take Back Event. 

At the Drug Take Back event, simply drive up, and drop off your medications. You can even stay in the comfort of your car; roll down your window, and hand your bag of medications to an officer. 


For year round disposal, please scroll down for details. 


Acceptable Items:


liquid medications in leak-proof containers

medicated ointment, lotion, or drops

pills in any packaging

OTC medications

pet medications

Unacceptable Items:

Blood sugar equipment


illegal drugs and illegal narcotics


IV bags

bloody or infectious waste

personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc.)

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Safely disposing of prescription drugs is more important than ever, with the growing opioid epidemic.  

Properly disposing of medications decreases risk of medication misuse and abuse.

Help keep our water and wildlife safe by not flushing  medications. 

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What if you didn't make it to the drug take back event? Don't worry, below is a list locations that you can turn in your prescription medications throughout the year. 

*  Bradley County Sheriff's Office

(Drop off M-F 8am-4:30pm; enter the Criminal Investigation Division doors on the left side of the judicial complex).

*  Publix Pharmacy

* CVS Pharmacy (on Ocoee St)

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Medication Safety and Prevention

Regularly count your medications to help prevent theft and ensure medications are taken properly. 


Lock up your medications and store them in a secure place. For extra precaution- use lock boxes with keyed locks and keep the key stored separately from the lock box.

Keeping medications locked properly also helps decrease risk of children or an impaired adult from accidentally taking or overdosing on medications.

If you have questions about the Drug Take Back, call our office at 423-464-7568. To find a Drug Take Back location in your area, you can search here:

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