Tennessee Pharmacists Association

May 23, 2018

TPA Partners with Count It! Lock It! Drop It! to Offer Grants to Support Pharmacy-Based Drug Disposal Options for Patients!

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) and Count It! Lock It! Drop It! are proud to partner together to support the Tennessee Rx Take-Back Project. The purpose of the project is to support pharmacies in their efforts to assist communities in the disposal of unused/unwanted and out-of-date medications.

“Pharmacists have an important voice and play an integral role in combating the opioid crisis. We are excited to partner with Count It! Lock It! Drop It! to provide needed resources to support their work in reducing access to unused or expired medications,” remarked Micah Cost, PharmD, MS, Executive Director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacies play a vital role in engaging and educating consumers. Our partnership with the Tennessee Pharmacists Association for the Tennessee Rx Take-Back Project will assist pharmacists in meeting the needs of their patients and the community at large,” commented Kristina Clark, Project Manager, Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

Project Goals:

  1. To reduce access of unused/unwanted and out-of-date medication from theft and misuse.
  2. To increase the perception of harm concerning the misuse of unused/unwanted and out-of-date medications.

Brief Description: The Tennessee Rx Take-Back Project is a partnership between the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and Count It! Lock It! Drop It!®. This project will fund 25 pharmacy locations across the state with permanent drug disposal boxes. As a part of this award, each of the 25 selected pharmacies will also be provided with 2 reverse distribution services. The objective is that this project will reduce some of the barriers for those pharmacies and/or pharmacists that want to be more involved in their communities and serve as a safe and convenient place for its members to dispose of used/unwanted and out-of-date medications.

Application Process: Complete the application found by clicking on the “Download Application” button below, then fax it to Alex Windings at 615-225-8819 or email it to alex.windings@kmclarkcg.com. Funding will be awarded based on the submitted application, ability to sustain the drop box, and community need. Community need will be factored based on current density of drop boxes in the county.Download ApplicationAdditional Details: The vendor used to provide these awards and services is RP Returns, LLC. Each award is valued at $1,650-$1,850. 

The award includes the purchase of the permanent drug disposal box, shipping to each location, hardware for and installation of the box, customized decals, and 2 reverse distribution (RD) services.

Continuation of the RD service provided by RP Returns, LLC is a requirement for awardees. The required continuation period is for 6 RD services in addition to the 2 included in the award, or 1 year from the date the box is installed, whichever is greater. For each reverse distribution service, the cost to the awardee is $175, which includes the shipping box and DEA approved inner liner, shipping costs, disposal of contents, and online document management to track service and disposal weights. This is a minimum commitment of $1,050 ($175 x 6) on the part of the awardee. The box holds up to 38 lbs of materials. On average, busier locations may need to replace the inner box monthly, where slower locations may only need to replace every 3-4 months. After the required continuation period is over, awardees may choose to select a different RD service.