Did you know that according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs? Sadly, a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
When you bring medication to a collection center, you help prevent prescription drugs from seeping into the wrong hands and our environment. October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and I want to encourage you to wipe out your cabinets and drawers of old medications. You can dispose of your unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications at a location near you. These centers will take any drugs–no questions asked– and dispose of them safely.
It may seem easier just to toss medicine in the trash or flush them down the toilet. But these convenient methods of disposal are not so convenient for the land we live on and the water we drink. When they are flushed down the toilet or sink, most of these chemicals pass through treatment plants or septic systems and can end up in our local rivers or lakes (source).
For proper disposal, take your medications to a location near you and be sure to:
- Keep medications in their original containers.
- Do not crush pills.
- Remove or blacken out all personal information, but leave the name and dose of the medication visible.
Thanks for keeping our County safe and clean!
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