Properly Dispose of Old Prescription Drugs
Saturday October 28 offers an opportunity to rid your home of potentially dangerous unused medications. Improper disposal of prescription drugs affects everyone, whether an inadvertent ingestion through our environment or contributing to an addiction of a friend or family member. Opiod Abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S. Most of us are aware that flushing old prescription or throwing them in the trash are not the right way to get rid of them. We hold onto our old prescriptions because we don’t know what to do with them. Enter the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Drug Prescription Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.
Why Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs is Important
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths as well as protect our environment. Studies show that most prescription drug addiction is started with medications obtained from a family or friend’s medicine cabinet. Many drugs may also be retrieved from trash cans. Properly disposing of medications also keeps excess chemicals and hormones out of our land and water. This keeps us all healthier with less exposure to medications inadvertently. Have pets? Pet poisonings are often caused by human medications so keep them out of pets reach and don’t dispose them in your trash can. Suspect pet poisoning? Contact Savannah Animal Care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at (912) 335-1200.
When and How Can I Properly Dispose of Old Medications
This weekend there is an opportunity to de-clutter your medicine cabinet of all those old expired, unused, unwanted, and potentially dangerous medications. Pills and patches will be accepted (no liquids or needles). Disposal is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In Savannah, you can take your old medications on Saturday October 28, 2017 to the following locations between 10am-2pm.
Pooler Police Department, 100 Highway 80 SW, Pooler, GA, 31322
CVS, 500 Pooler Parway, Pooler, GA 31322
If you can’t make it this Saturday, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ and search for a year round drop off location in your area.
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