Drug take-back event to get unused medications off the streets & properly disposed of

Good Day Dakota

Around this time last year, First District Health Unit held their first Take-Back Day.

106 pounds of unwanted meds were collected and two-thirds of that were controlled substances.

Kira Lampton, Prevention Outreach Coordinator at FDHU said, “Fifty-four percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers, they actually obtain them from family or friends.”

That’s one reason why taking back medications is so important.. to keep them off of the streets.
Another reason is to be sure that they’re properly disposed of.

This includes any over the counter and prescribed medications, whether they be pills, capsules, ointments, creams, lotions or powders.

“It used to be that people were educated to flush them down the toilet as another way of disposal,” Lampton said. “Studies have shown that that’s not a very safe way to dispose of those medications, especially for our environment. Here, we’ll make sure that they’re properly taken care of.”

Here are the guidelines for any time you bring back:
Remove the patient name and prescription number from the container, leave all meds in the original packaging if possible and place any loose pills in a zip-top bag.
Any and all liquids must be less than 4 ounces, in its original container, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag.

You can drop off from 7 AM to 5:30 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at First District Health OR click here to find a full list of any-time drop off locations across the state.

Since the state-wide Take Back Program began in 2009, more than 24-thousand pounds of unused medications have been collected by the state.

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