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Metro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming Partner in National Drug Take Back Day Event

Posted: April 7, 2014

Thinking about flushing your unused medications down the toilet? Don’t. Metro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming can help you get rid of them safely on Saturday, April 26.

Metro Health and the City of Wyoming will once again participate in National Drug Take Back Day, which is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., area residents will be able to return unused prescriptions to the main lobby of Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

For the second year, participants can exchange mercury thermometers for a new digital thermometer in return from the City of Wyoming.

The Wyoming Police Department will be on hand to anonymously accept all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances, with no questions asked. A pharmacist will be available throughout the event to answer questions about medications.

Growing concern over pharmaceutical pollution in waterways and prescription drug abuse has led cities across the nation to develop drug take back programs. The West Michigan Take Back Meds program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal. Medications collected in West Michigan are transported to Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility where they are incinerated.

According to the West Michigan Take Back Meds website, 20-60 percent of prescription medications go unused and are eventually disposed.  A 2002 analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey of 139 streams across 30 states found that 80 percent of waterways tested had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids and reproductive hormones.

This is the seventh drug take back event to be held nationally. To find out more about the program visit, www.wmtakebackmeds.com.



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