Hear from one of OJC’s student interns on why medication disposal is so important.
SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL AND STORAGE:
According to SAMHSA, two-thirds of teens who misused pain relievers in the past year say that they got them from family and friends, including their home’s medicine cabinets, making it important to dispose of AND safeguard medicine in the home. Never Flush or Trash Your Meds – They End Up In The Water Supply!
Safe storage and disposal of medications
diminish opportunities for easy access
and keep our communities safe and “green”.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in communities nationwide in April and October.
Check out this article from the John Creek Herald on One Johns Creek’s participation in DEA Take Back Days.
Many communities also have their own drug take back locations. Check with your local law enforcement officials to find a location near you or with the DEA to find a DEA-authorized collector in your community.
Check with your pharmacist, some offer on-site medicine drop-off boxes, mail-back programs, in-home, and other ways to help you safely dispose your unused medicines.
WHAT IS DETERRA?
Deterra is an easy, environmentally friendly method to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at home. Simply place any medicinal pills, patches, or liquids (no needles), fill with warm water, seal the bag, and the charcoal mixture inside will immediately deactivate your medication!
See below videos for further instruction: