DEA program pulls tons of drugs out of the system

Forty pounds of pharmaceuticals.

Hampshire Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Hampshire Police Department, collected that much in its “Got Drugs” campaign this past weekend, I learned today while chatting it up with pharmacist Parag Maniar.

I just love the convenience of having a local pharmacy. Maniar plans to collect old and leftover drugs again in November. To be clear, he’ll take back uncontrolled substances for proper disposal at any time, but the “Got Drugs” campaign collects controlled substances like mood-altering chemicals (i.e. Xanax) and pain-killers (i.e. Vicodin) in a legal and environmentally safe way.

Americans who participated in the Drug Enforcement Adminstration’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last October turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the DEA’s website.

Illegal drug use aside, it’s disgusting to think of how contaminated our drinking water may be with drugs that pass through the human body and get flushed directly down the toilet (read more about it here).  We here in the Minnesota Transplant household have a reverse osmosis system cleaning our drinking water, but even that may not be cleansing every odd thing out of one of life’s basic necessities.

Don’t be lazy when disposing of used motor oil, leftover drugs, old batteries, oil-based paints and other hazardous household materials. If you don’t end up consuming it when our drinking water becomes contaminated, your children will!

If you missed the “Got Drugs” campaign this past weekend, mark your calendar to participate this fall.

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