There were the unused, unfinished, expired prescription drugs, vitamins, and cough medicine bottles with a half a dosage left that have been clogging the medicine cabinets. Not one to flush pills down the toilet or toss them into the trash, for we now all realize the personal and environmental dangers these actions can bring, I have kept vials of medicine for some time, not knowing quite where to bring them or how to destroy them. When I saw a notice of an upcoming National Drug Take Back Day, I marked my calendar and started to fill a basket of unused/unfinished prescriptions. On Saturday morning, I drove to the local police station where I was greeted by a friendly officer of the law. I was directed to designated containers where I disposed of my cache. It is my understanding that collected drugs are incinerated at high temperatures in a secure container.
At the same time, a recycling event was underway at nearby Fullersburg Woods, whose paths I have roamed and whose grist mill I have visited. Here on the Cutoff, we recycle our everyday goods and take items no longer needed to various local charity shops, but, no one will take old televisions sets. Our time to dispose them was at hand, so, while I was depositing prescription drugs, my dear husband was depositing old television sets, along with many other cars laden with items they just didn’t know what to do with. It was a well organized endeavor, with cars being directed to specific areas for specific items.
Back home, I raked up the leaves that were never cleared out last Fall and had fallen in the back flower beds. Tom mowed and mulched over the leaves, creating more earthy fodder for our compost piles. The front islands are next; chores for another day. All-in-all, it felt good to have cleared up and cleaned out, though my joints are aching a bit and I’m keeping a close eye on the exposed bed, for the deer, they do wander at night.
Do you have prescription drug recycling/take back/disposal programs in your neck of the woods?
Image source at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/