If you’re anything like me, you probably have a few old prescriptions that have been hanging around for years. Those plastic bottles may contain the last antibiotic from a bout of strep throat or a medication you never even used.
It’s a bad idea to toss these in the trash or to flush them down a drain because they can contaminate our water supply and cause untold environmental and health problems.
Now there’s a simple way to get rid of all your old medicines in a responsible way. The annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration, takes place Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in multiple locations, you can drop off your old medications.
The DEA makes it easy for you to find those drop-off locations on their website. I typed in my ZIP code and seven locations popped up, all within a few miles from my home. (Check out DoYourPart.com/Columns for a link.)
The DEA points out that unused prescriptions are often stolen, misused, or the cause of accidental poisonings and overdoses at home. And of course, these drugs can also damage ecosystems if disposed of incorrectly.
If the national take-back day isn’t convenient for you, there are other options. You can buy a postage-paid envelope to responsibly dispose of many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. The Take Away Environmental Return System ( www.sharpsinc.com/locations) is available through many national retailers – especially pharmacies and online.
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