Getting rid of unused medicine


Prescription Drug Takeback event Sept. 26

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This sign on the Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department lists what can be disposed of in it and what cannot. The department is teaming with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” on National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, Sept. 26. The event will provide the public with the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Anyone with expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication may dispose of it in this Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department on Sept. 26. The day is National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and the public safety department is teaming up with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” event. The purpose of the event is to give the public a safe way to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.


UNION — The Union Public Safety Department and the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse are teaming up to give the public a way to safely dispose of unwanted prescription medication.

In a statement released Friday morning, Starlin Phelps, Prevention Coordinator for the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, announced that Saturday, Sept. 26 is National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.

Phelps said that during National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, there will be a special “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” event at the Union Public Safety Department, 215 Thompson Boulevard, Union from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In the announcement, Phelps states that the event “will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.” Phelps urged the public to “bring your unwanted medication to this drug take back day. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.”

Phelps pointed out that during the September 2014 National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, people across America “turned in 309 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds — more than 2,400 tons of pills.”

According to Phelps National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and local efforts like the Public Safety Department’s Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs event “addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisoning and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets.”

While many people dispose of unwanted and unused drugs by either flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, Phelps said these methods are not safe She said that medicines disposed of in such ways can still pose potential safety and health hazards.

Persons with expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication may dispose of them on Sept. 26 in the Med Return Drug Collection Unit in the lobby of the public safety department. The items that may be disposed of in the unit are:

• Prescriptions

• Prescription Patches

• Prescription Medications

• Prescription Ointments

• Over-the-counter medications

• Vitamins

• Samples

• Medications for pets

Items that may not be disposed of in the unit are:

• Thermometers

• Hydrogen Peroxide

• Inhalers

• Aerosol Cans

• Ointments, Lotions or Liquids

• Medication from businesses or clinics

• Needles (sharps)

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26, 2015 Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Day please contact Starlin D. Phelps, Prevention Coordinator — Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at 864-429-1656 or starlin@uccada.org or the City of Union Public Safety Department.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
This sign on the Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department lists what can be disposed of in it and what cannot. The department is teaming with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” on National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, Sept. 26. The event will provide the public with the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Takeback-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
This sign on the Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department lists what can be disposed of in it and what cannot. The department is teaming with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” on National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, Sept. 26. The event will provide the public with the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Anyone with expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication may dispose of it in this Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department on Sept. 26. The day is National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and the public safety department is teaming up with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” event. The purpose of the event is to give the public a safe way to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Takeback.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Anyone with expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication may dispose of it in this Med Return Drug Collection Unit at the Union Public Safety Department on Sept. 26. The day is National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and the public safety department is teaming up with the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for a “Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs” event. The purpose of the event is to give the public a safe way to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication.
Prescription Drug Takeback event Sept. 26
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