MOUNT VERNON — Several local agencies are joining forces to host an Old Prescription Round Up on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in three different locations in Knox County.
The free event is part of a nationwide effort organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency to gather and dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications.
The three locations are: the Knox County Health Department in Mount Vernon; Foster’s Pharmacy in Centerburg; and in the municipal parking lot behind the senior building in Fredericktown.
“Most of us have old prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines that we need to throw away,” said Pam Palm, public information officer for the health department. “And it’s important to dispose of these drugs properly.”
Years ago it was common to just flush unwanted drugs down the toilet. “But that pollutes our water system,” said Palm. “And with prescription drug abuse on the rise, you should not just leave them in the medicine cabinet or toss them in the trash where anyone can have access to them.”
The Old Prescription Round Up is an easy and safe way to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs. “Each location will have a container to collect the drugs,” said Palm. “It helps if people can empty the drugs from bottles or other packaging such as blister packs, into a plastic bag for easy disposal into the container.”
Local law enforcement agencies will be onsite for security purposes including the Mount Vernon Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Fredericktown Police Department.
The Old Prescription Round Up is done anonymously. No one who is dropping off medications will be asked for identification. And there will be no effort to count, inventory, or log the collected medications.
At the close of the roundup, the containers will be picked up by the DEA or taken to a local funeral home and incinerated. If attendees want to also dispose of their prescription bottles after they have been emptied, there will be recycling containers onsite to do so. “People are encouraged to remove any identifying labels from the prescription bottles,” said Palm.
For more information, contact Palm at the health department, at 399-8002.
Published on April 25, 2011