Medication Disposal Dates Set

Dubois County (NNDC):

Another Medication Take Back is set for October 26th.  This is a chance for individuals to help counter drugs falling into the wrong hands or being thrown away and eventually entering the water supply. By bagging your expired, unused, and unwanted pharmaceuticals and disposing of them at the Dubois County Medication Collection on Saturday, October 26, 2019 as part of the DEA National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Event.  The Jasper State Police Post, located at 2209 Newton Street, will host the collection from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while the Birdseye Fire Station, located at 9 W First Street, and the Ireland Fire Station, located at 5053 W. Ireland Main Street will host from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Huntingburg and Jasper Police Stations also accept pharmaceuticals 24/7 in their drop boxes located at 503 E. 1st Street and 309 E 6th Street respectively.

Unused drugs are a common household health threat that can be lessened when you clean the old and unused meds out of your home. This includes vitamins, ointments, syrups, drops, herbal products, meds that should have been kept cold but were not, and aerosols not in pressurized containers.

No sharps, infectious materials, (anything containing bodily fluids) or waste will be collected.  This collection is for private citizens only.  No collections will be accepted from businesses or health facilities.

Proper  disposal of medications creates a safer and cleaner environment, and greater public awareness reduces illegal activities and scavenging of personal property and public waste receptacles.  Pharmaceuticals, when poured down the drain, or flushed down the toilet enter the sewage system, and potentially our rivers, ground water and drinking water.

Some drugs may kill the beneficial bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems if flushed down the drain and may produce resistant infectious bacteria.  Burning can release toxic pollutants into the air, and if thrown in the trash, can be scavenged from trash receptacles to be illegally sold or ingested.  If they go to landfills, drugs can create toxic leachate, which could contaminate the environment.

 

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