So you learned to “Just Say No” and decided against drugs – Good for you. But what happens when those drugs can get into your body anyways, say through the water you drink?
Over 80-percent of U.S. Waterways show trace amount of common medications, including things like antidepressants. One of the causes is the unsafe disposal of perfectly legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
How does one “safely” dispose of these things then? By attending a prescription drug take-back, like the one sponsored by the Clay County Coalition Against Drug Abuse and held this Saturday at Clay County Hospital.
The event was located in the CCH Lobby and gave citizens a safe way to dispose of unused, out-of-date, unneeded, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Those accepting the drugs to be disposed of included members of the local law enforcement community, including Flora Police Officer Brian Lane and Clay County Sheriffs Deputy Andy Myers.
In addition to disposing of these drugs in an environmentally safe manner, the take-back initiative also helps to keep those drugs brought in out of the hands of those who would abuse them.
The abuse of prescription drugs is a rising problem, especially among teens and young adults. Fifty-six-percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs.
Those groups that worked in cooperation with the Coalition Against Drug Abuse included the Clay County Hospital, the Clay County Sheriffs, the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Health Department, the Clay County Solid Waste Committee and Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc.