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Proper disposal of your prescription drugs

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$1 billion worth of prescription drugs are either stored in medicine cabinets or improperly thrown away.

That's an overwhelming amount of households across the U.S.

If you haven't heard of these take-back programs, the FDA considers them to be one of the most efficient ways to get rid of any unused, unwanted or expired medications.

Keeping medications in your home can actually heighten the risk of unintentional poisonings, illegal distribution, substance misuse/abuse and environmental contamination.

What you need to do first is find out if any of your medications are expired and make sure you no longer have a need for them.

While most people may think flushing medications down the toilet would be the quickest and safest way to get rid of them, it's actually the least recommended because of some risks involved.

Flushing drugs poses environmental concerns like drug residue in rivers, lakes and community drinking supplies.

The FDA encourages programs like these drug take backs. This way, you can safely give back drugs for proper disposal rather than keeping them in your home.

Drop-off begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Bring those unwanted drugs or medications to the Law Enforcement just north of downtown Sioux Falls.

 

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