OC Watersheds Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 21, 2010

CONTACT: Jalil Isa isa.jalil@epa.gov 202-564-3226 202-564-4355

EPA Urges Citizens to Clear out Medicine Cabinets for Drug Take-Back Events

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lending its support and expertise for drug take-back events sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The events will take place at 1,700 sites around the country on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens may bring unwanted solid prescription and over-the-counter medicines to any of these locations so they may be disposed of safely. Liquids, such as cough syrup will not be accepted.

Unused drugs that sit on shelves around the home may present a danger to people as well as ecosystems. Removing unused medications from households can help prevent intentional misuse and unintentional poisonings of children and pets.

Dumping the medication down the drain or flushing it down the toilet can become a source of water contamination. EPA continues to investigate whether such contamination adversely impacts human health or aquatic life.

Find a collection site near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/

Learn more about pharmaceuticals as pollutants: http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/

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