Protect Our Water Supply, Join WSSC on National Drug Take-Back Day

Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Meds on September 2

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – September 25, 2014: This Saturday, turn in your prescription and over-the-counter drugs at WSSC’s headquarters, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD, as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) 9th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., individuals can drop off their medications at our secure collection site and contribute to preserving our local water sources.

WSSC supports the safe disposal of drugs. Too many people pour expired or unused prescription drugs down the drain or flush them down the toilet, unaware of the potential risks they could pose to drinking water and the environment.

The presence of such drugs in WSSC’s drinking water sources is not currently a concern, but the safe disposal of drugs has nationwide benefit, and is crucial to protecting the quality of drinking water sources. State and federal environmental and health regulatory agencies continuously study the potential environmental and health consequences of drugs in drinking water.

In cities and towns, which have sewer systems connected to a wastewater treatment plant, prescription and over-the-counter drugs poured down the sink or flushed can eventually pass into rivers and lakes. For septic tanks, drugs flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into groundwater.

If you are unable to turn in your expired or unused drugs this Saturday, follow these steps for easy, responsible disposal (also applicable for liquid medications).

  • Take unused, un-needed or expired prescription drugs out of their original prescription bottles;
  • Crush medication and put it in a container such as an empty can or sealable bag;
  • Mix with coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter;
  • Discard with regular trash.

The Take-Back Initiative is an opportunity to protect families from potential misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as protect the nation’s drinking water. In the eight previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of medication from circulation.

For additional collection sites in Prince George’s County and to locate sites in Montgomery County, visit http://ow.ly/BSTGj or contact the call center at 1-800-882-9539.

 

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.

 

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