Greensboro Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
GREENSBORO, NC (September 11, 2012) – On Saturday, September 29, Greensboro will host SMARxT Disposal, joining cities across the United States by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, this event offers a safe way for people to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs.
The Greensboro Police Department, Greensboro Beautiful, Alcohol and Drug Services, and NC Safe Kids, in partnership with local Walgreens pharmacies and Burton’s Pharmacy will be collecting unused or unwanted prescription medication from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at these participating Walgreens:
1600 Spring Garden Street
3701 High Point Road
4701 W. Market Street
This is the second year that Burton’s Pharmacy, an independent family-owned drug store, is participating in the program. Burton’s Pharmacy is located at 120 E. Lindsey Street in downtown Greensboro. Burton’s Pharmacy collects unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for incineration all year long. Sharps (any items used to pierce the skin) are excluded from their program.
Participants are asked to place their unwanted medications in a zippered plastic bag for disposal. Pill bottles should be discarded/recycled at home: remove labels with patient identification before doing so. Medical sharps are not eligible for drop off.
Greensboro police officers will seal the drug collection boxes and turn them over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration.
Alcohol & Drug Services is a substance abuse treatment and prevention agency that services Guilford County. Representatives will be at each location to assist with drug collection, and to educate consumers on ways to safely dispose of medications.
SMARxT Disposal, in coordination with Greensboro Beautiful, also encourages residents to safely dispose of medications to help prevent accidental poisonings among children, protect the environment, and keep medicines out of the hands of recreational drug users and addicts. To find out more, visit SMARxTDisposal.net.
Can’t make it to any of the drop off locations? Both SMARXT and ADS advise:
- Do not flush medicines down the toilet
- Pour liquid medicines in a plastic bag filled with kitty litter or sawdust
- Let pills dissolve in water, then pour the liquid in a plastic bag filled with kitty litter or sawdust
- Then, bury the sealed bag in your trash
For additional drop off locations in High Point and Guilford County, contact ADS at 336-882-2125 or visitwww.facebook.com/FliptheScriptRx