On Saturday, Oct. 26, the East Hampton Police Department and Local Prevention Committee will participate with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in a nationwide Take-Back Initiative of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.
These medications will then be disposed of properly – instead of flushing them, or putting them in the local landfill or otherwise exposing children and the environment to toxic substances.
Don’t flush your medications
A recent study found that 80 percent of U.S. streams contain small amounts of human medicines. Sewage systems cannot remove these medicines from water that is released into lakes, rivers or oceans.
Fish and other aquatic animals have shown adverse effects from medicines – from antibiotics to hormone drugs – in the water. And small amounts of medicine have been found in U.S. drinking water.
Studies have also shown that medications have led to serious health emergencies when found in the trash by children who view them as candy.
No questions will be asked about the items you drop off. You can remove the labels from the prescription containers if you want to protect your identity, or put them in another container or black out your information with a permanent marker.
On the East Hampton collection day, the drop-off location will be in the upper parking lot of the East Hampton Town Hall, 20 East High St. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The last Take-Back Initiative was very successful with over 60 pounds of medication turned in for destruction.
For more information about this event, contact the East Hampton CT Police department at 860-267-9544.
For more information about how to safely and responsibly dispose of medications and all kinds of objects and substances, visit the Earth911 site at http://earth911.com/?s=prescription+drugs
For good info on recycling used batteries and electronics, visit http://www.call2recycle.org/
Posted October 22, 2013 as edited by and with links added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan