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Massachusetts Participating in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

You may have heard about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in your community. This Saturday, April 26, participating towns invite their residents to safely dispose of unneeded, outdated, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Why are people so concerned with old pills? Here’s why prescription drug disposal is so important.

Prescription Drug Disposal: Why & How to Do It Safely

Why Worry About Safe Prescription Drug Disposal?

You might not think twice about tossing your old prescription drugs in the trash, but you should. Being thoughtless about prescription drug disposal puts others at risk. Here’s why you should know the proper ways to dispose of old prescriptions:

  • You can prevent accidental ingestion by children or pets. Especially when a prescription drug is a narcotic pain reliever, safeARCpoint Labs of Worcester | Massachusetts Participating in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day disposal is a must. Many drugs are brightly colored or small enough to be ingested by a child or pet who doesn’t know it’s not safe. Even used drugs, such as fentanyl patches, still contain powerful traces of the drug and can prove fatal to infants, children, pets, and even adults.
  • You can prevent addicts or drug dealers from stealing your prescription drugs. Drug addicts and dealers can dig through trash and take prescription drugs to abuse or sell. Even friends or family members might dip into your medicine cabinet to feed their secret drug addictions. You can stop drugs from getting on the street or in someone’s system by properly disposing of them.
  • Prevent potential harm to the environment and our water supply. Although some medications can safely be disposed of by flushing (see more on this below), others can make their way into our streams and lakes after filtering through groundwater. According to a US Geological Survey, of 139 streams in 30 different states, 80% had pharmaceutical traces. Scientists are currently studying what effects these prescription drug traces have on the environment and animals, as well as how they might impact our water quality.

How to Properly Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Clearly, disposing of prescription drugs the right way is of the utmost importance. Here’s how you can make sure that your prescription drug stockpile is handled properly.

Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!

This April 26, find your nearest prescription drug collection site and get rid of the bottles cluttering your medicine cabinet! By turning your unwanted prescriptions into a certified collection site, you can rest easy knowing they won’t be taken accidentally or recreationally.

Safely Prep Prescriptions for Trash Disposal

If your community isn’t participating in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, you can prep your old medications for trash disposal following these guidelines:

  • Mix your whole pills (not crushed!) with a non-edible substance, like used coffee grounds or cat litter, and place in a sealed plastic bag, then bury in your trash can. This will discourage animals, children, and looters from taking them.
  • Be sure to remove all personal information from your empty prescription drug bottles or medicine packaging.

Flush Them Away (Only Certain Medications)

As stated above, some prescription drugs shouldn’t be introduced to our water systems through flushing or washing down the sink. But the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does recommend disposing of some medications in the bathroom. The medications include fentanyl patches, dilaudid, methadone, oxycontin, percocet, and others — you can access the full prescription drug list here. We recommend printing the list and displaying it in your bathroom so that you know which prescriptions to flush, and which to save for Take-Back day or dispose of in the garbage.

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester – Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Disposing of your prescription drugs properly is just one way you can help prevent prescription drug abuse. Another way to stop the alarming rise is to partner with ARCpoint Labs of Worcester for confidential, accurate prescription drug testing. If you suspect that a friend, family member, or employee has a prescription drug problem, we can help.

To learn more about our services or to get started on prescription drug testing today, call (774) 314-9551.

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