Thursday, July 30, 2015

National Drug Take-Back Day is 9/29

National Drug Take-Back Day is 9/29

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Do you have expired, unwanted drugs lying around you don't know what to do with? Now could be the time to get rid of them, properly and safely.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its fifth National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at many local law enforcement offices and other locations.

According to Bob Adams, Director of Stewardship for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, proper disposal of medicine can help prevent poisoning of children and pets, misuse by people for whom it isn’t intended, someone taking a medicine too old to work well, and the pollution of rivers, lakes and streams when unwanted pills are flushed down the toilet.

Adams said pharmaceuticals are emerging as a new water quality threat; they aren’t always removed by our water treatment systems and end up in our waterways, where they cause problems for aquatic life.

So here’s how to get rid of unwanted drugs: To find a location near you, visit the website below and click on, "Find a collection site near you." On the box that comes up, fill in your zip code, county, city and state, select a distance that you are willing to travel, and click "Submit." A list of collection sites and addresses will pop up. We tried this, and came up with six choices within a radius of five miles.

Here is the website:

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

Or there is a number to call, to find the nearest collection site:  1-800-882-9539.

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