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Sevierville Police Department To Partner With Walgreens For 14th National DEA Drug Take Back Initiative October 28

As a full-time partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the City of Sevierville Police Department (SPD) will partner with Walgreens in the 14th National DEA Drug Take Back Initiative. The event will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00AM-2:00PM at Walgreens, 119 Forks of the River Parkway. SPD Lieutenant Ken Garner, Office of Emergency Management Director, will be on duty to assist citizens who may have questions. At last yearís event over 30,000 pounds of unused, unwanted, and expired medication was collected in the State of Tennessee.

During past drug take back events, SPD officers have collected, on average, over forty-five pounds of drugs. After collection, all drugs are destroyed by incinerator and any plastics received are recycled.

In addition to dropping-off drugs at this event, citizens may drop-off drugs at the SPD Drug Take Back receptacle any time or day of the week. The service is free and anonymous. The following drugs are accepted:
∑ All loose pills and powders.
∑ Liquid drugs are only accepted in sealed packaging.
∑ Sealed drugs and aids (i.e. diabetic supplies, meters, etc.)
The department is unable at this time to accept syringes or other types of drug paraphernalia. Anyone with questions may contact Lt. Ken Garner at 865.868.1753 or email at


Police Department's Drop-Off Cabinet