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Take Back Your Drugs Day

Dispose of your drugs safely
Dispose of your drugs safely

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are in almost every home across America, and sometimes old and unused medicines are stored in the medicine cabinet because people don't know how to dispose of them properly. To solve that problem, the US Drug Enforcement Agency started an initiative called National Prescription Drugs Take Back Day. This year will be their 8th year and pharmacists will be participating around the country, including here in the Baltimore area, on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

At one time, homeowners would either throw their medicine in the trash or flush it down the toilet, but we've known for awhile now, that this is not safe. According to, "Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, impacting aquatic species, and contaminating our food and water supplies." They also add,"Throwing medicines in the garbage is not safe - especially for controlled substances like OxyContin, narcotics and other highly addictive and dangerous drugs - because the drugs can be found and used by others, even if they are mixed with undesirable materials like coffee grounds or kitty litter."

Visit the US Drug Enforcement Agency to find a drug drop-off location near you, and declutter your medicine cabinet!

What: National Prescription Drugs Take Back Day

When: Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where: Visit the website to find a locally participating pharmacist.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Cost: Free

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Baltimore Organized Families writer, Jacquie Ross has been writing for The Examiner since 2009. Please check out her other articles related to decluttering, organization and time management. Jacquie, a professional organizer, also shares organizing tips in her Timely Tips e-newsletter. Subscribers are eligible to receive a free email declutter tips when they sign up for her newsletter.

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