Kids Life Tuscaloosa May/June 2022 - Page 19

How to Properly Dispose of Your Unwanted Prescription Medications

Did you know ? Flushing your prescription medication down the toilet can cause issues in the water supply . Most wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove pharmaceuticals from the wastewater . That means that many of the medications flushed can potentially pollute our water supply , harm aquatic life and contaminate our food and water supplies . So , what should you do with unused or expired prescriptions ? In our area , you have two options that are extremely convenient . First , you can participate in the U . S . Drug Enforcement Administration ’ s twice yearly National Drug Take Back events . One will be held April 30 , 2022 and another will be held in October . P . R . I . D . E . of Tuscaloosa proudly partners with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force for these events to provide multiple locations throughout Tuscaloosa County where we accept old , unused and expired prescriptions . Second , you can take them to the following Drop Boxes located inside the following precincts .
Tuscaloosa Police Department East Precinct 2512 E University Blvd , Tuscaloosa 35404
Tuscaloosa Police Department West Precinct 1501 Culver Rd , Tuscaloosa 35401
Tuscaloosa Police Department Headquarters 3801 Trevor S Phillips Ave , Tuscaloosa 35401
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff ’ s Office 714 Greensboro Ave , Tuscaloosa 35401
Northport Police Department 3721 26th Ave , Northport 35476
University of Alabama Student Center ( formerly known as the Ferguson Center ) 751 Campus Dr West , Tuscaloosa 35487
University of Alabama Police Department 1110 Jackson Ave , Tuscaloosa 35487
Lake View Police Department 22765 Central Park Dr , Lake View , AL 35111
* These local Drop Boxes listed above have collected 311 pounds of prescription medications in 2021 . In addition , the April 2021 Take Back event collected 607 pounds of prescription medications in Tuscaloosa County . That is almost 1,000 pounds of prescriptions that are being disposed of properly and not getting into the local water supply .
* Drop Boxes are confidential ! The police will not ask any questions about what you are dropping off . By Corlina Koranda , Senior Prevention Specialist , P . R . I . D . E . of Tuscaloosa
If you have any questions about Drop Boxes or National Take Back events , please feel free to email us at pridetuscaloosa @ gmail . com .