The following is a news release from the TTUHSC:
Is your medicine cabinet filled with prescriptions or medications you no longer use? When old medications are left to collect dust, they become potential sources of poisoning to young children or may be accessed by teens experimenting with drugs. They also are a hazard to adults and elderly as they increase the risk of choosing the wrong bottle or taking medications that are no longer indicated.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy’s Texas Panhandle Poison Center along with the Lubbock County VOICES Coalition and the Texas Department of Public Safety will host a Medication Cleanout™ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, 3601 Fourth St.
Jeanie Jaramillo-Stametz, Pharm.D., director of the Texas Panhandle Poison Center, encourages Lubbock and surrounding area residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring in any unused, expired or unnecessary medications or sharps for proper disposal.
“Flushing or throwing old medications into the trash may contaminate the environment, pollute our drinking and ground water and harm aquatic creatures,” Jaramillo-Stametz said. “Also, the abuse of prescription medications continues to be an epidemic in the U.S. and often serves as a precursor to heroin use and addiction. Medication Cleanout™ is a proactive approach to safeguard our communities by providing a free and convenient way for people to dispose of these medications in a legal, environmentally sound and convenient manner.”
More than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2014, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Painkillers and other pharmaceuticals play an important medical role, but their abuse can have tragic long-term consequences,” said Jaramillo-Stametz. “The community’s participation in our take back events helps ensure a safe and drug-free environment for our youth.”
(News release from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)