BOUNTIFUL - Those unused medications filling the medicine or kitchen cabinet can harm or kill someone for whom they are not prescribed.
Davis County residents are urged again to “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet,” on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at area grocers, the Woods Cross Police Department and Hill AFB.
The twice yearly medicine take-back program encourages householders to clear their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, or no longer needed prescription and over-the counter medications.
Residents are asked to take their medications to a permanent collection site, such as are found in several area police departments, or to sponsoring grocers or Hill AFB.
- Bountiful: Smith’s Marketplace, 555 S. 200 West.
- Clinton: Macey’s, 2062 W. 1800 North.
- Farmington: Smith’s Food and Drug, 1316 N. Highway 89.
- Hill Air Force Base: 7321 Balmer Street, BLDG 570
- 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.
- Woods Cross: Woods Cross Police Department, 1555 S. 800 West.
To find a permanent disposal bin, call the Division of Air Quality hotline at 1-800-458-0145 or visit www.useonlyasdirected.org.
Clearing away medications which are no longer used prevents poisonings, abuse, 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 say, 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.