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Medication Disposal Day is April 27th

April 4, 2013 - 8:38 am

We all get sick from time to time, and sometimes we require medications to get better. But what do you do with those meds once they’ve expired/you no longer need them?

Problem solved: you drop them off at the local Medication Disposal Day on April 27th! You can head over to the Marion County building (over on W. Center St.) from 10am-2pm and drop off any pills, liquids, or creams you no longer need. Our local law enforcement officers will make sure your medications are disposed of in a safe, eco-friendly manner at no cost. And any prescription containers will be recycled with your personal information protected.

Why should you dispose of your meds this April instead of flushing or tossing them in the trash? Because the medications we take are showing up in our waterways – both from natural excretion and from improper disposal. According to the Scientific American:

“A nationwide study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1999 and 2000 found low levels of pharmaceuticals—including antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids—in 80 percent of the rivers and streams sampled.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer my drinking water without steroids!

Get more information/stay up-to-date on this event by checking out Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention on Facebook.


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