Thursday, November 4, 2010

Prescription Drug Disposal Event Scheduled

The Power of Putnam Anti-Drug Coalition, along with several local law enforcement agencies, and the Middle Tennessee Methamphetamine Prevention Task Force, will be cooperating tomorrow in an event that's intended to help Cookeville area residents get rid of old or unwanted prescription medications. Organizers of the event say flushing those old pills down the toilet is not safe because it adversely affects the environment and -- in some cases -- can cause the pharmaceuticals to turn up in drinking water.  So they're urging the public to bring their unused, unwanted or expired medications to Avery Trace Middle School tomorrow between 10 am and 2 pm for what they call "safe disposal."  Both prescription and over the counter medicines will be accepted, as well as veterinary medications.  You're asked to keep the items in their original containers and block out any personal information that container.  You can also call the police department if you'd like to schedule a time for the unwanted medications to be picked up by an officer.  What will NOT be accepted at the event tomorrow are any liquids or any needles or sharps. For more information, call Nadine Shera at 520-5266.