2010-04-22 / News

Dispose of your old medicine by taking it to Baker’s Pharmacy

It has always been a sticky issue: What do you do with out-ofdate and left-over prescriptions in your medicine cabinet at home?

People used to flush their old prescriptions down the toilet. But we have learned that method of disposal is not good for the environment because the pharmaceuticals contaminate our water supply even after it has been treated. Tossing medicines in the trash at landfills is not a good alternative, either.

Old medications at home also pose a danger to our youth. Consider the statistics concerning teenage abuse of prespription drugs.

Now there is an answer and just in time for Earth Day, too. This Saturday, April 24, you can take your old medicine to Baker’s Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A staff member will safely dispose of your old prescriptions.

“As members of the community, our pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said Tim Baker, owner of Baker’s Pharmacy. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities and the environment.”

Baker said he encourages everyone to clean out all of their old medications and bring them to the pharmacy this Saturday. The drugs must be in their original stock containers.

Baker said there is no charge for this service.

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