Medication Disposal

MDC is a collaborative member of The East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Task Force. This task force hosts quarterly take back events where law enforcement and other volunteers are present to ensure medications are properly disposed. Disposing of medication properly eliminates the risk of your medications being stolen and abused. MDC also provides locks to encourage safely securing your medications for those in need.

Medication Disposal
Medication LockBoxes

What we accept for disposal

  • Prescription medications (unwanted, expired, unused)

  • Antibiotics/steroids

  • Cold and flu medications
  • Vitamins/herbal supplements

  • Pet medications

  • Medication Samples

  • Medicated ointments/lotions

find a drop box location

What we do NOT accept for disposal

  • Business waste
  • Unused/used needles and other sharps (epinephrine, unused pricking devices etc.)
  • Aerosols

contact Choice Health Network
*Choice Health Network can assist with disposing any unwanted sharps

Regional Medication Collection Task Force Members

  • Knoxville Police Department

  • City of Knoxville Recycles

  • Knox County Solid Waste

  • UT College of Pharmacy

  • Kroger

  • South College School of Pharmacy

  • KUB

  • Hallsdale-Powell Utility District

  • Food City

  • South Knoxville Alliance

  • Ingles

  • Walgreens

  • CAC AmeriCorps

  • KAMA

Medication Lock Boxes

More than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their caregiver wasn’t looking. Every day in the United States, an average of 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without a doctor’s guidance for the first time.

Safeguard medicine in your home and take extra precautions with: Pain Pills, Anxiety Medicine, Insulin Syringes, Anti-Depressants, Sleeping Pills, ADHD Medicine and other strong medicine.

Lock Box Request Form

Lock boxes are provided to Knox County residents and organizations free of charge. Boxes are available in limited quantities, and we do not guarantee your request will be met, however we do our best to provide lock boxes to organizations and individuals in need. Please provide the number of lock boxes you are requesting in the box above.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 20.