Prescription Drug Take Back

(9.27) You must dispose of your unused drugs properly. Do not flush! There is increasing evidence that we are all getting dosed from our own tap water.

There’s a good chance that if you live in an urban area, your tap water is laced with tiny amounts of antidepressants (mostly SSRIs like Prozac and Effexor), benzodiazepines (like Klonopin, used to reduce symptoms of substance withdrawal) and anticonvulsants (like Topomax, used to treat addiction to alcohol, nicotine, food and even cocaine and crystal meth).

And antibiotics are creating resistant bacteria and old birth control pills are making our men kind of womany.

The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office has announced another Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, reporting that “Since the program began in 2010, Americans have turned in more than over 4.1 million pounds, or 2,100 tons, of pharmaceuticals.” So America does have a drug problem . . . it’s just not the one we always talk about.

Turn in your unused and expired medications for safe disposal at the following locations: Miriam Hospital at 164 Summit Avenue; and Walgreens parking lots at 354 Admiral Street and 533 Elmwood Avenue. Also, the Providence Police Department at 325 Washington Street, which provides a secure drop-off location all year round.

Drug Take Back Day, 10am to 2pm, Saturday, September 27

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