WSSC Supports Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs
DEA Take Back Program is Saturday, September 29th
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – September 26, 2012: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) urges its customers and the general public to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It will be held Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at local police stations in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs left in the medicine cabinet can be dangerous. And if disposed of improperly by flushing down the toilet or washing them down the drain, they can end up in our waterways. This program lets residents safely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs in a way that protects families and also protects the sources of our drinking water.
Although these pollutants are not known to be present at levels of current health concern in WSSC drinking water, state and federal regulatory agencies are continuously studying the risks posed by disposed prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.
The service is anonymous and free. Here’s a link to find a collection site near you. Either local law enforcement officers or the DEA will properly dispose of drugs collected.
Since the program began, DEA says the agency and its partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.
If you can’t take advantage of a take back program, WSSC recommends you dispose of old or unused medication responsibly. If you choose to throw them in the trash, mix them with coffee grounds or another material that makes the medications unusable.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.