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Time to dispose of unused, expired prescription meds



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.