Employee & Community Health

Time to dispose of unused, expired prescription meds

10/17/2019

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Now’s the time to check your medicine cabinet for unused or expired prescription medications. Saturday, October 26, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can deposit prescription meds at the Gonda Building’s patient drop-off area, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minn.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Proper disposal saves lives and protects the environment. Did you know ... ?

  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or provider’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most-common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from friends, family and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  • Unused drugs that are flushed down the sink or toilet contaminate the water supply.

So mark your calendar, collect your unused drugs and stop by Gonda on the 26th.