Michelle’s Pharmacy in Gillespie and Carlinville is collecting unused, unwanted and expired drugs during the last two weeks of August. This is the only proactive effort in the area to make sure unwanted and unused prescription drugs are properly disposed of.
The initiative will run August 17 through August 29 during the pharmacy’s normal business hours. Items that will be accepted include: prescription medications, over-the-counter pills, liquids, creams and ointments and inhalers. Items are requested to be left in the original packaging or prescription bottles.
Items that will not be accepted are bio-hazardous material, needles, syringes, illegal drugs and mercury thermometers.
“We will dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way,” Michelle Dyer, pharmacist and president of Michelle’s Pharmacy, said. “Patients of any pharmacy can safely dispose of medication by dropping them off at our two locations. Privacy will be maintained.”
The take back program is coordinated by the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization, a non-profit organization who started the Yellow Jug Old Drugs program in May 2009. Since inception, over 86 tons of drug waste has been collected and disposed of properly to help keep our water clean and communities safe.
Without the Yellow Jug program, individuals were forced to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired drugs by flushing them down the drain or sending to the landfill. Local pharmacies and the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization then established a positive solution to keep chemicals out of the water by allowing individuals to drop off drugs to participating pharmacies safely and free of charge.
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