Today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The title is awkward, but the idea is great. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., bring unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to a collection site near you. Call this number for a location, 800-882-9539 or enter your zip code at the website.
Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and the environment. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
- Don't flush medicines down the toilet or pour them down the drain. Doing so could affect drinking water sources.
- Don't throw medicines directly in the trash. Doing so could lead to the poisoning of a child or pet, or drug abuse by a teen or adult.
- Do find out how to properly dispose of medicines.
No one expects a child to rummage through a garbage pail or trash bin, but babies are naturally curious. Prescription medicine, no matter what the condition is that is being treated, can be lethal to a baby or small child. Tests done on water supplies proves that a great many prescription medicines are just flushed down the toilet.
Do it right this time and load up all the unused medicines to take to the drop-off point. Everyone will sleep better tonight because you did.