Meds for Feds

by Deborah Z Mark

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Have you looked in your medicine cabinet lately?

I mean really looked?

If you’re like me, you open that cabinet every day for one reason or another.  But (also like me) I bet you haven’t taken inventory in months.  Maybe even years.  There are probably a few outdated medications languishing on those shelves.

Get rid of them!

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 2pm.  Sponsored by the DEA, the event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Across the country, collection centers will be open to take back outdated medications from consumers.

Of course, you can always dispose of old medications yourself.  Many drugs can be thrown in the trash, but take precautions.  Some can be flushed down the toilet.  Be sure to follow specific disposal instructions on the label.

Did you know that water treatment plants are not generally equipped to routinely remove medicines?

So don’t rush to flush.  Only do so if indicated on the label.  Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet can seep into ground water, pass through the water treatment system and enter our community drinking water supplies.

Before disposing of drugs by any method, be sure to check out some tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (pdf).

Make it easy on yourself.  Turn in your expired meds on Saturday.  Prevent poisoning of children and pets, deter abuse, avoid accidentally taking old medications, and keep them from entering our water supply.

You can even turn in your expired medical marijuana.

But I’m guessing that would be highly unlikely.

Concerned about drug use in the workplace?  ManageStaff offers employee drug screening.  We’ll answer your questions.

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