With the recent voluntary recall on Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Zyrtec, you may have some bottles sitting around in the cabinet gathering dust. (For more information about the recall and to get a refund or product coupon, please see http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/.) Maybe there are some nearly empty vitamin drops, unfinished antibiotics, old inhalers, or even unused pain pills? Maybe there are medications that have expired, and you just haven’t gotten around to disposing them?
There’s no point in keeping them in the house. Expired medications can be ineffective. Leftover meds can be a safety risk with kids or pets in the house. But, throwing medications into the trash or flushing them down the toilet can harm the environment, affect our water supply, and in the end, come back to us in ways we don’t want.
MedDrop is a volunteer run program where you can drive through with your meds, answer some very basic questions (e.g., what is your zip code; is the drop-off place a good location for you), and feel good that the meds will be disposed of in a safe manner.
Saturday, June 5, from 9am to 1pm, volunteers will be at three locations: LaFollette HS, Middleton HS, and the Sun Prairie Recycling Center. You can bring prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, meds for pets, inhalers, vitamins, and even illegal drugs (which will be taken with no questions asked). If possible, please keep them in their original containers. The meds and their containers will be disposed of in a way that will maintain patient confidentiality, but feel free to cross off your name and other personal info if you like. Just leave the name of the medication visible, so the volunteers can properly dispose them.
For addresses, detailed instructions, background information on the program, volunteer opportunities, and lots more, please check out their Web site.