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Tennessee American Water offers residents free drug disposal

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Chattanooga (WRCB) -- Tennessee American Water joins other community partners for the second Drive-By Drug Disposal program.

The event will be held at the East Chattanooga Weed and Seed Office, 1502 McCallie Avenue, Saturday, June 12. Residents are encouraged to bring their unused and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal by law enforcement officials between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All medications need to be in their original containers if possible.

Cross out any personal information but leave the medication name and information visible.

Having unused or expired medications in the home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses and inappropriate use.

This event will provide residents the opportunity to dispose of the drugs without harm to families, pets and the environment.

"The best drinking water comes from the best source water. Protecting the watershed through proper drug disposal is one way residents can have a positive impact on their drinking water," says Kim Dalton, external affairs manager for Tennessee American Water.

"We are partnering with this group to help retrain the way people think of disposing of their unwanted medications," says Dalton.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be on hand to give out radon detection kits and provide a new digital read thermometer for each mercury thermometer dropped off.

Groups participating in the event include: East Chattanooga Weed and Seed, Chattanooga Eastside Taskforce, Chattanooga Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Ross Pharmacy, Tennessee American Water and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Tennessee American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to more than 350,000 people in Tennessee and northern Georgia.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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