GREENSBORO, NC (August 1, 2012) – Greensboro police, in partnership with local Walgreens pharmacies, Burton’s Pharmacy, and Alcohol and Drug Services, are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 29. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, this nationwide program offers a safe way for people to dispose of unwanted unused prescription drugs.
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., people can drop off unused or unwanted prescription medication at these participating Greensboro Walgreens:
1600 Spring Garden Street
3701 High Point Road
5727 High Point Road
300 E. Cornwallis Drive
3703 Lawndale Road
3529 N. Elm Street
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.
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 (any items used to pierce the skin) are not eligible for drop off.
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.
Greensboro police officers will seal the drug collection boxes and turn them over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration.
Can’t make it to any of the drop off locations? In a program called Flip the Script, ADS advises:
· 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 more information about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, and other safe disposal tips, contact ADS at 336-882-2125 or visit www.facebook.com/FliptheScriptRx