Washington County to collect unwanted prescription drugs

On Saturday, Sept. 29, people can empty their medicine chests of potentially dangerous drugs and keep them from ever being abused.

In this voluntary prescription drug take-back campaign, prescription drugs that expired, unused, and unwanted can be brought to the Washington County Government Center, at 14949 N. 62nd St. in Stillwater, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Go to the main lot at the government center, with easy drive-through access.

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions are asked.

The drugs will be destroyed.

Washington County offers this service to address a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines left in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, theft, and abuse.

Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing, as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Disposing of unused medicine by flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them away can cause safety and health hazards.