Got Drugs? The national day that didn’t happen here.Posted: April 30, 2011
Today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Ever heard of it?
Unfortunately, the closest place to the 55101 zipcode participating in the effort is in Brooklyn Center. If you didn’t bother to follow the hyper link, the Take Back event is an effort to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications that may be lingering in your medicine cabinet.
From the press release – ” Last September Americans turned in 242,000 pounds, of prescription drugs at 4,100 sites” This year, at the latest count, 5,200 centers are participating.
Maybe you are familiar with the research of the Environmental Working Group. The most shocking NPR interview I ever heard (well…almost) was a talk with their founder, who presented research about 232 chemical substances found in fetal blood samples. Albuterol, Tylenol, and a host of other pharmaceuticals were among the list of toxins found.
It’s difficult to responsibly dispose of the accumulated “stuff” around the house. Flushing it down the toilet, and throwing it in the trash, isn’t the best option.
Next time a Take Back event happens, we hope to report a participating location in St. Paul.