The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 25, 2014

APD to host Drug Take-Back Saturday

By Lora Scripps

— Have unwanted or outdated prescription drugs?

Did you know it’s not safe to flush them because they could end up harming the environment?

Alabamians can take expired, unwanted, unused prescription drugs to one of several collection sites across the state Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Athens Police will hold Drug Take-Back from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the department’s west parking lot at 951 E. Hobbs St.  APD will safely dispose of the medications.

The service is free and anonymous.

“No questions asked,” Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

Last year, APD collected and safely disposed of about 80 pounds of prescription drugs, according to Johnson.

Residents are encouraged to take of advantage of the opportunity and empty their medicine cabinets of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications.

Johnson said the Drug Take-Back helps with a number of issues like keeping them out of the reach of children, preventing people from stealing the drugs for illegal sale or use and preventing a public health risk in the case of old prescriptions undergoing a chemical breakdown that can be harmful if ingested.