WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (9/4/13) - When prescription drugs expire, many people dispose of them by flushing them down the toilet. In fact the FDA’s website even recommends this as one safe option for disposing of unused drugs, but not everyone feels that way.
According to the Northern Kentucky Water District, “Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems usually do not treat or only partially treat pharmaceuticals, so chemical compounds from pharmaceuticals pass through treatment plants or septic systems to our rivers or groundwater.”
A U.S. Geological Survey study in 1999 reported traces of human medication in at least 80 percent of streams and 93 percent of all groundwater. Considering that certain medications can be deadline even in small doses, this has raised concern.
For a number of years the county, state and federal government have celebrated Take-Back Day by working with local law enforcement to set up drop off locations. But for residents who have prescriptions expire in the mean time, there are other options.
Police Chief Brent McDowell said that the Providence Police Department now has a drug drop box, located at the Providence Dispatch office on Willow Street.
“The main reason I got it is because we had a lot of elderly people coming by asking what they could do with their drugs, and we had to send them to the Sheriff's Department in Dixon,” McDowell said.
McDowell said that when he was contacted about the box, which was in the possession of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, he knew at once that it was something he wanted to provide for Providence residents.
The drop box is available 24/7 for anyone wishing to drop off unused prescription medication.
J-E News Editor
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