BOUNTIFUL – It’s time again to think about getting rid of old or unused medications during a “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet event set for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at locations county-wide.
Macey’s and Smith’s grocery stores in Davis County, and Hill Air Force Base will participate in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies.
The event is a special community medication take-back, held twice yearly, in which Utah householders are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets to remove expired, unused, and no longer needed medications.
These items may be brought to either a permanent disposal community location or the Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet special event for appropriate disposal.
Clearing away medications which are no longer used prevents poisonings, prevents abuse, prevents misuse, and protects the environment, organizers say.
The presence of these items in the home make them accessible to young children who may be poisoned by them. Also, organizers explain, older children and teens may abuse these products or experiment with them for non-medical reasons.
Often, adults and the elderly may save medications, such as antibiotics, for use at a later date. This is considered misuse and can lead to antibiotic resistance as well as a delay in treatment of a condition that may be harmful.
From an environmental standpoint, organizers say that when people choose to get rid of their medications, they sometimes flush them down the toilet which can lead to contamination of the water supply. Taking medications to a permanent collection site or a Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet special event can prevent this.
Davis County locations include:
Bountiful: Smith’s Marketplace, 555 S. 200 West; Smith’s Food and Drug, 2399 S. Main.
Clinton: Macey’s, 2062 W. 1800 North.
Farmington: Smith’s Food and Drug, 1316 N. Highway 89.
Hill Air Force Base: BX 5845 E. Avenue, Bldg 412; Commissary, 7451 6th Street.
Layton: Smith’s Food and Drug, 1170 E. Gentile Street.
Sunset: Smith’s Food and Drug, 2353 N. Main.
Syracuse: Smith’s Food and Drug, 951 W. 1700 South.
The event is a collaborative effort of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Proper Medication Program and the University of Utah Poison Control Center along with event specific partners.
Many police agencies also provide a drop-off site in their station, where residents can dispose of unwanted medications anytime the station is open.