Dispose of medication safely and securely

Many of us have unused medication in the house and often we aren’t sure the best way to dispose of it.

That’s why today’s Medication Take Back Day is so important. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, residents can turn in unused medication to local officials at no cost and no questions asked. Doing so is important for many reasons: It reduces the chances of someone getting their hands on unused drugs and perhaps using them or selling them illegally; it means no one in your home will become ill because they ingested the drugs accidentally; and they won’t be flushed down the toilet or the sink, where they can pollute the environment or drinking water.

Local residents can drop off their unused medicines at these locations:

The Belpre Senior Center, Belpre; corner of Second and Putnam streets, Marietta; White Oak Pharmacy, Barlow; Fort Frye High School, Beverly; Buckeye Hills/Area Agency on Aging, Reno; Devola Medical Center parking lot, Devola; Hardwood Components, Inc., New Matamoras.

Labels need not be removed, and all medications will be accepted, including syringes, patches and liquids.

When there is no medicine take-back program going on, the FDA offers guidelines for how best to dispose of your medications:

– Mix medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds;

– Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag; and

– Throw the container in your household trash.

Also, the FDA advises that before throwing out your empty pill bottle or other empty medicine packaging, remember to scratch out all information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. More information can be found at www.fda.gov.