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Saturday Oct. 26: Take Back Those Tired, Old, and Unused Drugs

  • By Leslie Middleton on October 24, 2013
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Use the website to find a drop-off location nearby. (Credit: Department of Justice)

This Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can drop off your old, unused, and unwanted medications at a location as part the 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Using this handy WEBSITE, you can search by zip code for participating hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and police stations. They will have bins waiting – and they don’t care who you are or what’s in the plastic bag or pill containers.

If you’re like me – and many others – you don’t want to put these items in the trash.

And you don’t want to flush them down the drain. Even the most sophisticated waste treatment plants can’t remove the active ingredients, which end up polluting our waterways.

Getting ready for Saturday’s drop off, I collected the following items: eye-drops prescribed for my cat in 2005 (she is no longer living, alas); aspirin with codeine left over from a nasty root canal procedure in 2001 (you never know when you might need a pain-killer in the middle of the night); and a bottle of over-the-counter analgesics (they don’t agree with my internal workings system these days).

I also checked the first aid kit from the sailboat and my handy backpacking kit, both of which had some “just-in-case” pills stashed in little vials since sometime in the last century.

On Saturday, I will dump all of these into a clear plastic bag and hand them over. And know I have done at least one good deed for my community and for my local river.

About Leslie Middleton

Leslie Middleton writes about water quality, public access, and the special places of the Chesapeake Bay region from her home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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