Prescription Drug Disposal Event
Date:Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:00am
Saturday, October 22nd is the next day to turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal. This is a nationwide event from 10am to 2pm. This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet. Pet medications are welcome but please - no sharps or liquids. This is a free event. Locations in Eagle River - Fred Meyer Stores. Anchorage - Abbott and Muldoon Fred Meyer Stores. Valley - Palmer and Wasilla Fred Meyer Stores. This is a nationwide event ... go to DEA.gov and click on the "got drugs" link, put in your zip code for locations near you. This is a great opportunity to clean your medicine cabinets.
Proper disposal of your medications is important to the environment! Trace amounts of medication, flushed down the toilet or thrown in a landfill, can wind up in your drinking water. Proper disposal means less medicines in the house that children can get into. Teenagers now abuse prescription drugs more than any other illegal drug except for marijuana, and the majority of teens who abuse these drugs get them for free, usually from friends and relatives and often without their knowledge. And they believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they were prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2008 Report ‘‘Prescription for Danger’’, prescription drug abuse is especially on the rise for teens—
** one-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12- to 17-year-olds;
** teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit drug except marijuana—more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined; and
** responsible adults are in a unique position to reduce teen access to prescription drugs because the drugs often are found in the home.