Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Return of the Meds

Flushing unused medicine down the toilet or pouring it down the drain is a prescription for disaster: most of the chemicals end up in our lakes and streams. Throwing it away in garbage bags is no safer, since pets and children can accidentally ingest the stuff. Before you work yourself into a tizzy about what to do with all of your expired or unwanted OTC and prescription meds, take a chill pill: there's an easy, safe solution.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Marsh Pharmacies are teaming up next weekend to host Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day once again. Bring your unwanted pharmaceuticals to any Central Indiana Marsh Pharmacy from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, and they will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner.

The following items will be accepted if brought in their original containers. (Leave the name of the medication visible on the label, but mark out personal information.)

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins and nutritional supplements
  • Veterinary medications
  • Sharps or needles in re-sealable hard plastic containers
Not sure about a particular item? Call (317) 594-2408 or visit IDEM's recycling site for more info.

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