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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 28th, 2012 at 05:15 am

Here in the U.S., today you can turn in old or unneeded prescription drugs to many local police departments, no questions asked. I'm interested in it as an easy, environmentally-safe way to dispose of some clutter, but I suppose law enforcement wants to make sure certain drugs stay out of the hands of people who might abuse them. DMom has quite a few old bottles we can empty out, and this only runs from 10 to 2, so I want to get out early and not miss it.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ind...

6 Responses to “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I will double check our stash!

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Our phamacy takes back anything. I just found some meds that expired in 1994. Um, time to clean out the medicine cabinet.

  3. Monkey Mama Says:

    Great Idea - I need this!

    {We use so few prescriptions, but whenever we fill one it's like we don't even use hardly any of it - so I have two full bottles of heavy narcotics that I have no idea what to do with. Well, now I know! I didn't even fill my prescription when I had surgery last year, because this is how it usually goes. I took the prescription and would have filled it if needed it. But glad I didn't have another bottle of narcotics laying around unused, in the end}.

  4. Buckeye Says:

    Can you keep the containers? Some area charities recycle same. You may want to check that out.

  5. StressLess Says:

    Buckeye, yes, you can keep the containers. I just dumped everything loose into a plastic bag. My mother didn't want to get rid of her containers. She likes to remove her name, plus they are useful sometimes for pins or whatever. Monkey Mama, my mom is like you. She is given a new prescription, brings it home, reads about the possible side effects and then decides not to take it after all!

  6. Jerry Says:

    It's a really good idea, because the active half-life of many medications can lead to them being much less effective if past-date. The best insurance is to take the med when it is prescribed, for the situation in which it is prescribed, and then find a good, safe way (like this one) to dispose of anything that is left. Good for you!
    Jerry

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