October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

On October 26, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 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 a prescription drug 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, as well as encourage friends and family members to participate in this initiative. 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. Thank you for helping with public safety, as well as helping to keep our environment clean! *Contact your local household hazardous waste facility. Photo from here, with thanks.