Don’t Flush ‘Em Drop ‘Em Off
Help Protect Our Waterways Drop Off Your Prescription Drugs
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, MD – October 20, 2016: Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs? Don’t flush them down the toilet! Drop them off at WSSC headquarters in Laurel this Saturday, October 22 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. WSSC is one of about 90 locations throughout Maryland collecting unwanted prescription drugs in support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
WSSC is committed to the nationwide DEA initiative to promote safe disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The initiative helps convey the impact of drugs on our nation’s water supply. The presence of such drugs in WSSC’s drinking water sources are not currently a concern, but beyond a doubt, the safe disposal of drugs has nationwide benefit, and is crucial to preserving the quality of our local water source.
Dropping off your unwanted drugs is free and anonymous. WSSC’s collection site is located at 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. Find your nearest disposal site by visiting the DEA’s Drug Take Back webpage.
For those who can’t make it to the take-back locations this Saturday, a list of permanent, secure disposal locations in the region can be found at protectyourpipes.org.
The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is promoted in the region by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and area partners, including law enforcement agencies, water and wastewater utilities, and health officials. Last year, according to the DEA, 45,746 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in the District of Columbia, and the states of Maryland and Virginia.
In cities and towns with sewer systems that connect 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, prescription and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into groundwater. The potential environmental and health consequences of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in drinking water sources are continuously being studied by state and federal environmental and health regulatory agencies.
To learn more about proper medication disposal, visit www.protectyourpipes.org.
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.