Prescription Drug Disposal Event

Date/Time

Apr 27, 2013
10:00 AM until 02:00 PM

Description

The 6th bi-annual Prescription Drug Disposal Event happens Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 2pm.  This is a NATIONWIDE program to help us safely dispose of our unused/expired medications.  This is a free and open to the public.

You may drop off your medications (to include pet medications) at the Eagle River Fred Meyer from 10am to 2pm.  Or visit these other locations in Alaska.

Fred Meyer: Anchorage: Abbott Road, Debarr & Muldoon locations. Eagle River, Palmer and Wasilla.

Carrs Safeway: Aurora Village (Northern Lights & Minnesota) and Sears Mall.

Providence Medical Center: 3300 Providence Drive (Inside Entrance 4)

JBER: Joint Base Elmendorf & Richardson Base Exchange BX/PX

Talkeetna: Sunshine Clinic

To find a location near you you may contact the DEA at (800) 882-9539 or view the website at www.dea.gov and click on the "got drugs" logo.

Law enforcement officers are asking people to clean out their medicine cabinets in hopes of curbing drug abuse.  The DEA said about 2,500 young people begin abusing prescription drugs every day.  Health officials say one out of every 10 teenagers admits to abusing them.  Experts said many teenagers get those drugs from raiding the medicine cabinets of their family, friends or relatives.

The abuse of prescription narcotics such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives is the fastest growing drug abuse trend in the country.  Many legitimate users of these drugs often do not finish their prescriptions, and, as a result, these drugs remain in the family medicine cabinet for months or years because people forget about them or do not know how to properly dispose of them. 
It’s critical that we treat prescription drug abuse like the dangerous epidemic it is.

The elderly are also vulnerable to prescription misuse as they are generally prescribed more medications than teens.   It can be very challenging for even the most aware person to keep track of up to 30 different pills taken in one day – all at different times and in different doses.  They also use over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements, increasing the risk of negative drug interactions.

Proper disposal of medications is best for the environment.  While some people choose to flush old pills down a toilet, environmental experts say that this practice can put dangerous chemicals into our water supply.  That's because low concentrations of pharmaceutical drugs are showing up in rivers and even in treated water.  Some studies shows the hormone estrogen and some heart medicines are showing up in fish.  By eliminating this we are helping our communities now and for our future generations. 

With prescription drug abuse on the rise, the goal is to keep the drugs from falling into the hands of abusers and criminals.  It's illegal to turn over unused prescriptions to anyone other than law enforcement.  The program teamed up with the EPA to have the medications environmentally incinerated. 

Medications that can be dropped off include:

  • Controlled, non-controlled and over the counter medications.
  • All Pharmaceutical products and liquids in containers.
  • Liquid products, such as cough syrup, cold medicines, etc.

Collection sites will be unable to collect:

  • Sharps, syringes or medical waste.

Cost

Free

Location

View map Fred Meyer
13401 OLD GLEENN HIGHWAY
INSIDE the door by the liquor
Eagle River, AK

Additional Information

Sponsor

Alaska Safe Medicine Alliance/ Senior Behavioral Health Coalition

Phone

907-696-1106

Contact name

Janine Walters

Contact email

AllWalters@mtaonline.net

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.