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How you can dispose of unwanted, outdated prescription drugs safely

How you can dispose of unwanted, outdated prescription drugs safely (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is an easy way to get rid of that leftover medication you have at home.

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


Bags are now available in the Tri-Stat so you can toss your extra medications right in your home trash.

It's just one way you can dispose of the drugs for your own safety and perhaps that of someone you love.

Those extra pills or painkillers may seem like no big deal sitting in your medicine cabinet until, as Julia Gottschalk of the Northern Kentucky Health Department says: “Studies show that teenage use of injectable drugs sometimes starts with opioid painkillers.”

So Julia, a nurse with the Northern Kentucky Health Department says if you have extras, you can simply drop them in any drug disposal box set up in and around the Tri-State.

Tom Scheben says there is one year round at the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

“All medications that aren't being used should be disposed of properly,” said Scheben.

If it's more convenient, public health providers in Northern Kentucky just started making available home drug disposal bags too.

The bags are simply torn open and medications are placed inside. Then you simply add water, shake them up and a chemical to dissolve them is mixed with it inside.

You can then toss them in your household trash.

If you don't get rid of them, then as Tom Scheben says: “They are going to fall into the wrong hands, and we don’t want to see that.”

Tom does remind everyone that for needles you still need a sharpie container, but if you don't have one, you can use a laundry detergent bottle. It is made of hard plastic so you can put the needle inside, put the cap on, tape it up and toss it in your home trash.

You can learn more by following this link.

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