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Take Back Day time to dispose of unwanted medications

April 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. During the previous National Prescription Take Back Day on Oct. 24, 2020, thousands of anonymous donors who cleaned out their medicine cabinets yielded 492.7 tons of unused prescription drugs, expired prescriptions and unused or expired over-the-counter drugs.

By turning their prescriptions in to be incinerated, we can be saving lives. We prevent children and others from trying medications that could result in poisoning, misusing or overdosing on your prescriptions. It also prevents others from stealing and misusing those medications or worse. Additionally, by not flushing or throwing away medications, we protect our environment and our water supply from possible toxic chemicals.

Simply mark out or remove personal information from the label and take them to a drop-off site. If you already have plans on April 24, a list of sites that take back prescription drugs every day as well as other information is on our Facebook page: “Southern Indiana Wellness Initiative for Ages 50+”.

Susan Hudson, Program coordinator, Our Place Inc. | New Albany, Ind.