Mac’s Pharmacy will be hosting a community appreciation event on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In conjunction with their event, Mac’s Pharmacy will be hosting a drug take-back in conjunction with Metro Drug Coalition and the local police department so that individuals may dispose of their unused, old or expired medications.

MDC emphasizes the importance of proper drug disposal due to the rising epidemic of prescription drug abuse in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 52 millions Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs in their lifetime, and 54 percent of users obtain them from friends and family. Often times, we are not even aware of the prescription drugs in our cabinets from past surgeries or illnesses, but these drugs can cause unwarranted injury and sickness among children and other individuals in your home.

If you are unable to attend the take-back event, you can drop your unwanted, unused drugs off at the Knoxville Police Department’s Safety Building permanent drop box location. The Safety Building is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue and is open 24/7.

Mac’s Pharmacy take-back event will include free food from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be music, face painting, local business giveaways and more. At the end of the festivities, there will be a giveaway of 4 UT vs. Appalachian State football game tickets. The drug take-back will only be held at the Washington Pike location.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook

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