Local agencies took part in National Take Back Day

Updated: 04/26/2014 7:26 PM
Created: 04/26/2014 9:55 AM WHEC.com

Police agencies around our area took place in National Take Back Day – a collection day where residents could safely get rid of old prescription drugs.

On Saturday, residents who had old, unwanted and unused medications dropped them off at one of nine locations around Monroe County for proper and secure destruction.  According to officials, improper disposal of medications can have an impact on our natural resources. The medications also present a risk for misuse or theft.

“One, we don't want this material into the toilets where it will end up in our wastewater treatment plant. The plant can't purify it to keep it out of our lakes, rivers and streams. The other thing is we want to keep it out of the environment for people who could abuse it or misuse it illegally,” said Monroe County Waste Engineer Tom Sinclair.

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