Why it’s important to dispose of medications properly and how to do it right

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) It’s important to dispose of your unused prescription medications now more than ever. Tayler Nelson, a health educator with the Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Emily Clark to talk about why, and the easiest and best ways to do it properly.

Nelson says about 74% of Utahns that are addicted to prescription medications are getting them from family and friends. So it’s more important than ever to dispose of those medications properly and not keep them in our home longer than is needed.

It’s also important to dispose of opioids properly because of its impact on the environment. If you flush them down the toilet, for instance, it can get into and hurt our water supply and soil.

Nelson says the best way to rid your home of unnecessary medications is to go to your local drop-box and leave them there. You can visit UseOnlyAsDirected.org to find a list of locations. Most law enforcement agencies, as well as participating pharmacies, will have a drop-box. When the drop-box is full, the drugs will be mailed off and incinerated. 

You can also visit SLCO.org/health for take-back events.The Salt Lake County Health Department sponsors around 6 events each year for opioid medications.

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