Pill event planned in Opp

Published 12:04 am Saturday, March 5, 2011

A second “Take Back Prescription Pills” event is set for Thursday in Opp.

The program, which is sponsored by the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition, debuted in October, with Drug Task Force agents collecting more than 500 unwanted prescription pills.

“This is a great opportunity for area residents to safely dispose of old and un-needed medications,” said DTF agent Dave Harrell. “Because of the danger to the environment and an ever-present danger of our children obtaining these medications, it is of the utmost importance that we take every possible opportunity to safeguard our communities and families.”

The event will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at T&C Pharmacy, located on Parrish Avenue.

“This is a perfect opportunity to dispose of medicine,” he said. “Studies have shown that flushing this medication or throwing it out with the garbage is no longer safe for our local environment. These medications have started showing up in area water and that poses a serious threat to everyone.”

Harrell said all medication received will be destroyed by DTF agents.

“All you have to do is bring it to T&C Pharmacy and hand it to an agent,” he said. “There will be no questions asked, and no identification will be required.”