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New Way To Dispose Of Unwanted Prescriptions In Franklin

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - There is something new in the lobby of Franklin Police headquarters and it could do a lot for safety and the environment.

The police department, in connection with the Tennessee Department of Environment of Conservation, installed a secure pharmaceutical drop box at its Columbia Avenue.

"Now our residents have an opportunity to get drugs out of their homes and somewhere safe," said Lt. Charlie Warner.

The new drop box is a convenient way for residents to dispose of unwanted prescriptions.

"Headquarters is open 24 hours, and so this is something you can come in anytime and bring your unused prescription medication and drop it in the box," Lt. Warner said.

The medication collected is destroyed in an incinerator.

Unwanted pharmaceutical, prescription and over-the-counter, can pose several problems.

"It's a very definite issue, and a concerning issue. It's an issue in all schools," said Williamson County juvenile judge Sharon Guffee.

In her decade on the bench, Judge Guffee has seen the problems caused by forgotten prescription drugs.

"Especially with the amphetamine drugs, and a lot of other prescription drugs," Judge Guffee said.

The judge said keeping these medications out of a teenager's reach can go a long way in keeping them safe.

"They're not thinking about long-term consequences of that type of behavior," according to Judge Guffee.

There are similar drop off boxes located at law enforcement agencies across the State of Tennessee.

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