Medication Take Back Event
Have you ever dumped unwanted pills down the toilet or tossed them in the trash? We have been there too, unsure how to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications. That is why we teamed up with the Clark County Sheriff's Office and PREVENT this last Saturday for the Tenth Biannual Medication Take Back Event.
With three distinct partners, the Medication Take Back Event fulfills three interrelated goals. PREVENT is a substance abuse prevention organization whose goal is to keep pills out the hands of those who may use them unintentionally. The Sheriff's Office participates in this event in order to keep unused medications, especially controlled substances, out of the hands of those who may intentionally misuse them. We, at Clark County Environmental Services, participate in the event to ensure that medications are disposed responsibly and kept out of the environment.
Medications that are disposed improperly can affect water quality and aquatic ecosystems. Most wastewater treatment facilities, including Clark Regional Wastewater District, are unable to remove medications from wastewater. After the wastewater is treated, it exits the facility and enters the environment. In Clark County, wastewater is discharged into the Columbia River. The long-term effects of pharmaceuticals on aquatic life are still not fully understood. As such, it is important for us to properly dispose of medications whenever possible.
Over 1,000 Clark County residents understand the various reasons behind responsible medication disposal. During the course of the four-hour event held in four locations across Clark County, these 1,000 citizens disposed of over 2,000 pounds of medication.
Clark County Environmental Services is proud to have participated in the Medication Take Back Event. Stay tuned for the next event, happening in the spring of 2016. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue disposing of medications properly. Please visit recyclinga-z.com to find the participating police and sheriff departments, pharmacies and transfer stations nearest you.