Dispose of medications safely -- no questions asked -- on Saturday

Apr 25 2012 - 7:33pm

A communitywide effort Saturday aims to get Top of Utah residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and toss any unused over-the-counter or prescription medications.

In partnership with law enforcement, numerous locations will be offered so the public can dispose of unused medicines.

The effort is part of National Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

DEA officials stress the take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., disposal bins will be available at Smith's Food & Drug Stores in Davis County, as well as at Kent's in Clearfield and Macey's in Clinton.

Disposal bins will also be on Hill Air Force Base, at the base commissary and Building 412, the base exchange.

"It is reported that six out of 10 teens say that prescription drugs are easily obtained from parents' medicine cabinets," said Blair Woolf, Smith's Pharmacy director.

"By ridding household cabinets of unused medications, we can prevent medications from being misused or abused and ensure that they don't pollute the environment."

Medicines should never be disposed of by flushing them down the drain or toilet, said Smith's Food & Drug Stores spokeswoman Marsha Gilford.

Many drugs cannot be removed by sewer treatment plants or septic systems, allowing them to end up in streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater and soil, possibly causing harm to the environment, Gilford said.

The take-back event is sponsored by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, Department of Environmental Quality, local police, the base and Davis Behavioral Health.

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