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April 22, 2021

Proper disposal of medicines protects you and your Earth

Submitted by Leena Divakar

Let's celebrate our lives and the planet by safely disposing of prescription drugs at a local law enforcement agency that is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. 

Safe storage and disposal of prescription medications, especially opioids, is critical to protecting the environment and your family's health. In fact, 80% of heroin users say their addiction started with prescription opioids. Do not be a contributor to the opioid crisis or to polluting water by simply throwing prescription medicines into the trash, or flushing them down the toilet where they end up in our waterways and eventually our drinking water.

To learn more or to find the take-back site closest to you, visit the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute's website. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. 

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