Protect self, others – turn in unused ‘scripts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

For you, leftover Lortab prescribed after an injury or surgery might just be a little insurance against unforeseen things in the future.

For an addict, your leftover painkillers might be an invitation to commit a theft.

That’s just one reason participating in tomorrow’s prescription pill take back is a good idea. The event, sponsored by the Covington County Drug Task Force, the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition, Wal-Mart, and the Alabama Clean Water Partnership, is set for 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 17, in the Andalusia Wal-Mart parking lot.

Old and un-needed medications can be deadly if consumed by children. And if you flush them, they can contaminate the water supply.

“The flushing of prescription and non-prescription drugs into our sewer and septic systems is becoming an increasing concern for the health of waters, said Janet Wofford of the ACWP. “Water treatment facilities are not equipped to filter out these contaminants.”

No questions will be asked about medications turned in during this event. The drugs will be incinerated by the DTF.

This is a great way to make you and your family just a little bit safer. We encourage our readers to make time on Thursday morning to participate in this safety event.