You never finished that pain medicine given to you by your doctor or the prescription drug your family member once used is now past its effective usage date.
But letting the bottles and containers stay in the house is fraught with undesired consequences from possible misuse or polluting the environment – conventional sewage treatment systems don't remove unused drugs from the system so they end up in groundwater or surface water, affecting aquatic life and drinking water quality.
But there is a solution for Belmont residents this Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Belmont Auxiliary Police and the US Drug Enforcement Agency will be hosting a prescription drug Take-Back Initiative to prevent the abuse and theft of old, unused and expired prescription drugs.
The collection point will be set up at the DPW yard, 37 C St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old or unused prescription drugs – sorry, no liquids – may be dropped off for free with no questions asked. You won’t even have to get out of your car.
Take some time to check your medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, these drugs are highly susceptible to misuse by family and friends. In addition they can be improperly disposed of and end up in our environment, posing a potential health hazard.
For more information on the Rx Drug Take Back Initiative or a list of additional collection sites visit www.dea.gov . You may also contact Lt. Santangelo at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a permanent Rx drug collection kiosk located in the lobby of the police station that is accessible 24/7.