Maryland American Water Reminds Customers to Turn In Unused
or Expired Medications on April 26, Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
BEL AIR (April 21, 2014) In celebration on Earth Day on April 22, Maryland American Water wants customers to clean out their medicine chests this week, in the name of source water protection. April 26 is Nationwide Drug Take Back Day, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiative to prevent abuse and theft of unused and expired medications. Each year, the event is supported by the local police departments, who are hosting collection stations throughout the area.
On Saturday, April 26, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Harford County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for destruction at the Harford County Administration Building, 220 South Main Street in Bel Air. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This program helps prevent misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, which are typically obtained from family and friends, from the home medicine cabinet.
Maryland American Water President William R. Walsh adds, “In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards, as they can end up in our source for drinking water, which in turn can influence the need for more costly treatment processes in the future.”
For more information on the environmental effects of the improper disposal of prescription drugs visit http://www.amwater.com/paaw/water-quality-and-stewardship/pharmaceuticals-and-drinking-water/page22770.html.