Got Drugs? National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - September 26

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

got_drugs_bannerOn Saturday, September 26, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs through the National Take-Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately. The Take-Back Initiative says: The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Village Green participates in this take-back program year-round, so you can bring in your unused and expired drugs at any time. However, right now is a great time to go through your medicine cabinet because, to encourage people to participate in this initiative, if you bring in your expired or unused prescriptions through September 30, Village Green will give you a coupon for $5 off toward your next in-store purchase over $25 (excluding prescriptions and compounds) that can be used anytime through October 31. Village Green uses the MedSafe™ Medication Disposal System. We can accept over-the-counter and prescription products in any dosage, form and type of packaging, but they should be in their original containers. We do not accept injectables, inhalers, medical devices* or liquids* over 4 oz. *Contact your local household hazardous waste facility.