Thursday, October 27, 2011

DEA Drug Collection Event (10/29/11)

This Saturday, October 29th, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be collecting expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs for proper disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nationally as a part of Red Ribbon Week.

How is this a sustainable event?
Medicines poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet can sometimes pass through waste water treatment plants and enter rivers, lakes, and streams which are often used as sources for community drinking water supplies.

Additionally, proper and safe disposal of medicine can help prevent:
  • Poisoning of children and pets;
  • Misuse by teenagers and adults;
  • Health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine or an expired medication that is too old to work well;
  • Medicines from entering rivers, lakes and streams.

To find a location near you, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html and click on, “Find a collection site near you.” On the next page, fill in your zip code or County/City/State, select a distance, and click “Submit.” A list of collection locations and addresses will pop up.

For Illinois disposal area questions, contact A/GS John Pacella at (312) 353-3709.

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