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Saturday: Get Rid of Old Meds the Smart Way

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Have prescription drugs you need to get rid of, Philly?

People with unwanted or expired prescriptions often want to get rid them to avoid abuse or keep them away from children. Simply tossing drugs in the trash, however, can be problematic.

In the past, that dilemma caused many people to flush drugs down the toilet or wash them down the drain. More and more people today realize that doing so can have negative impacts on our waterways and the aquatic life that lives there.

Luckily for those who care about our water, locations across our region will be collecting old drugs for safe disposal this Saturday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.
You can be a good watershed steward and keep unused prescription drugs out of our water system by finding a drop off location near you here.

Drugs will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 30, 2016.

Can’t make it? Take-backs like the ones being held Saturday are the best option, but as a backup, the Environmental Protection Agency created home-disposal guidelines, available here.

Thanks for helping to protect Philadelphia's water!