Posted October 19th, 2011 in News
Do you have unwanted medicines taking up needed space in your cabinets? Have you been waiting for a better disposal option than flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, October 29. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be partnering with communities around the country to host another medicine collection event that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is an opportunity to dispose of your expired or unneeded medicines in a way that protects people, pets, and the environment. To find a collection event near you go to the DEA website. IISG will be hosting two collection events in Illinois: in Mahomet (601 E. Main Street), and in Maroa (120 S. Locust St).
Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be collected. You can bring in liquids and creams as long as they are in their original containers with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will notbe accepted.
This event builds on the previous two DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back days, held in September 2010 and April 2011, in which more than 309 tons of medicine were collected.
A goal of the collection event is to help curb the rising trend of drug-related injuries and deaths, both accidental poisonings and overdoses. But it also serves to help protect the environment.
Pharmaceuticals that are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash eventually reach our rivers, streams, and lakes. Ultimately this can contaminate our drinking water and has been proven to harm wildlife. While the long-term impacts on human health are not known, there’s a long list of pharmaceuticals that are causing negative ecological effects. Progestin, a common contraceptive, has been shown to disrupt reproductive development in frogs. Trenblone, a steroid used in veterinary medicine, causes irreversible fish masculinization. And antidepressants have been found to impair predator avoidance in larval fathead minnow and in shrimp.
All of the medicine collected at the events will be incinerated by the DEA. For more information about this event, or permanent medicine collection programs, contact Laura Kammin.