Don’t let your unused meds find a new home – Take Back Day on Saturday

Do you have unused medications taking up space in your medicine cabinet? Your half-empty pill bottles may not be bothering you much but in some cases could lead to unintended consequences.

With opioid abuse on the rise, it’s imperative that we safely discard any unused pills, liquids, or patches.

In an effort to effectively dispose of old medications across the county, the Fremont County Prevention Program is promoting National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Take-Back Day is happening this Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

If you no longer use a medication, proper disposal is key. There is never a need to hold onto expired or unused medicine, especially prescription drugs.Schedule some time on Saturday to clean out that medicine cabinet. Fremont County has several locations with drop boxes always available for safe drug disposal.

Please remember to use hand sanitizer and or sanitizing wipes before and after using the drop boxes.

Call Public Health at (307) 856-6979 or Fremont County Prevention at 307-851-1667 for more information on disposing of unused medication.

Gain control over your medicine cabinet!

For a more complete, in-depth list of medication safety, click here. For more information on Fremont County Prevention and what they do, click here.