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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27

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  1. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    The US is having a prescription drug take back day on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm.

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Bring all your unused medications, including veterinary medicines and expired medications, to a local take back site for proper disposal. You just walk in, drop your medications into a designated box, and leave. No form filling or questions asked.

    OTC medicines can be brought to a take back site so clean out those medicine cabinets :)

    Some locations have a take back program all year long, such as a pharmacy or a police station. See https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch

    No local take back site? Ask your local pharmacy or public health department for advice.

    Not accepted at the take back:

    • Used syringes. Dispose of those properly in a proper container per your state regulations.

    • Asthma inhalers (Flovent, etc), mercury thermometers, iodine-containing medications, and illicit drugs or substances (including marijuana which is still a schedule 1 drug under federal law), and any prescription medications obtained illegally.

    https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-10/Proper Disposal Flier (October 2018).pdf

    Additional info on safe drug disposal: Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

    AVMA guide on disposing of unwanted prescription veterinary medications: https://www.avma.org/PracticeManagement/Facilities/Pages/disposal-unwanted-medications.aspx
     

  2. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    I wish meds could be given to people who cannot afford them instead of being disposed of. I can understand the expired ones but there should be some sort of system in place where people have access to perfectly good meds.
     
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  3. sivyaleah

    sivyaleah TCS Member Veteran

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    I suppose it's because the risk of tampering is too high, along with the potential of drugs being outdated.
     

  4. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    You're probably right.
     

  5. maggie101

    maggie101 3 cats Top Cat

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    People too?
     
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  6. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    All medications regardless of species:) So people medicines (both prescription and OTC) and veterinary medicines (prescription).

    Items not accepted at the take back day are listed above.

    See the links above for more info.
     
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  7. MoochNNoodles

    MoochNNoodles TCS Member Veteran

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    Oh this is good. I was just looking at a bottle of prescription cough syrup from a few winters ago wishing I could get rid of it. :lol:
     

  8. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    You can pour the liquid medicine into a bag of litter box waste and dispose of it that way. To be sure liquids don't end up harming the environment, it's best to take them to a drug take back location for proper disposal.
     

  9. debbila

    debbila TCS Member Top Cat

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    My ophthalmologist told me I can bring eye meds that are still sealed to his office and they will be given to people who can't afford them. So that's at least one place to donate meds.
     
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  10. DreamerRose

    DreamerRose TCS Member Top Cat

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    Check with your state. Illinois takes in prescription medicines all year at fire stations.
     

  11. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Over here we have bins outside all pharmacies.
    Unused or expired medicines can be dropped in those bins anytime, anyday. The bin has a tamper-proof lid to avoid (or reduce) the risk of people picking up meds from the bins.
    Once or twice a year we have a day when anybody can buy off-the-counter meds to be given to people who can't afford them.
    We walk in any pharmacy, buy whatever is allowed as OTC drugs, pay for them and drop them into a large box. Those meds will be given out to charities who will distribute them to people in need.
     
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  12. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    That is awesome, Antonio!
     
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  13. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    That's a good start, but an even better idea would be to make sure that all who need meds can get them, without being priced out of the market. A dream, I know, but maybe it'll come true.
     
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  14. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Thanks @LTS3 for a useful thread!

    Don't, for heaven's sake, just flush things down the toilet, like in olden days. Antibiotics might give rise to resistant strains down there . . . . . :eek2:
     
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  15. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    Don't think that will happen, Dave. Shameful that profits are being made from people's health problems. I did have a shocking experience at the Cleveland
    Clinic some years ago. I was no longer permitted to be on my ex-husband's insurance and there was a gap before the new insurance kicked in. The clinic
    didn't charge me for 6 months of visits and procedures due to the RSD. the
    total was about 8k.

    Sorry for hijacking this thread but I got on a roll.
     

  16. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Thanks bigtime for sharing this, @LTS3 -- I don't use any drugs except aspirin, but most people are on a pharmacy full and it would be great if people would opt for preventive health maintenance (diet and lifestyle including exercise) changes/improvements if at all possible!:yess:
     

  17. Mia6

    Mia6 Mother of two Top Cat

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    A lot of people who are on a "pharmacy full", myself included, take these meds because sometimes stuff happens and not because of a lack of preventative health maintenance.
     

  18. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Each person's profile is different. But in my life I've seen society go from most people not being on drugs, to almost every person I know being on drugs. It is disturbing to me. What is making that many people that sick, I wonder?
     

  19. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Jus a reminder to US members that National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is in two days. See the links above to find a collection site near you and how to dispose of medicine if there is no collection site in your area.
     
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  20. She's a witch

    She's a witch TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Sorry for an off topic but does anyone know what do I do with the empty asthma inhalers? Back in Europe I'd just give them to any pharmacy (but as Antonio mentioned, I'd do this with any drug, empty or not, as I think EU obliges pharmacy to take care of all kind of drugs and empty drug containers too). I have a sizable collection of those from last 7 months and I don't know how to properly dispose it, I tried to give it to CVS once but the guy looked at me as I'm from different planet :D
     
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