The Kingsport Police Department’s Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit is pleased to offer a prescription drug collection point in the lobby of the Justice Center located at 200 Shelby Street in Kingsport. Our medication take-back initiative has been named, “Project: Drug Drop Zone.” Several tons of potentially dangerous substances have been safely incinerated through this program. The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Items that can be placed in our secure drug drop box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over the counter (OTC), herbals, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs. The Kingsport Police Department’s first attempt at collecting leftover, unwanted, or expired medication was held on September 25, 2010. At that extremely successful event, held offsite at Rhoten Allstate Agency, 179 pounds of medication were collected and destroyed. With this new drug collection point in the lobby of the Justice Center, citizens can drop off their unwanted medication 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year, at their convenience, rather than having to wait for a special event. We still typically participate in a couple of offsite collection events on National Drug Take Back days in the Spring and Fall each year. These events will be thorough publicized in advance. All medications collected will be properly disposed of by the Kingsport Police Department. For additional information or questions concerning Project: Drug Drop Zone, please contact the Kingsport Police Department’s Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit at (423) 229-9433 or TomPatton@KingsportTN.gov.