The total weight of prescription medicines collected for 2018 from the Drug Drop Box located inside Brentwood City Hall was 954 pounds. The City of Brentwood partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force, and the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition to install a prescription drug drop box in the city hall lobby, located at 5211 Maryland Way, in January of 2018.
Program administrator, Brentwood Police Officer Bill Reape, says he empties the box about every month. “On average, we collect about 75-80 pounds of drugs per month. This is a safe way to help control the spread of opioid addiction. People do not want the pills in their home, so our drop box provides a safe and easy way to get rid of prescription medicines,” Officer Reape added. Once the pills are removed from the drop box, they are sent to the state where they are incinerated. This initiative also protects Brentwood’s environment by keeping drugs out of landfills and our water supply.
The drop box is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and is in an area under video camera surveillance in the front lobby. Drop-off is free, and no forms are required.
· Prescription Medications
· All over-the-counter medications
· Pet medications
· Liquid medications in leak-proof containers
· Pills in any packaging, including glass, plastic container, baggie (Ziploc) or foil
Items NOT Accepted:
· Illegal drugs and narcotics
· Needles/sharps or syringes with needles
· Blood sugar equipment
· IV bags
· Bloody or infectious waste
· Personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc.)