Drug Take-Back Event to Happen This Weekend

By: Estephany Escobar
By: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG -- An event this weekend will help end prescription drug abuse and protect the environment in the Valley. All it takes is community participation.

Anyone with unwanted prescriptions can dispose of them safely on Saturday at Rockingham Memorial Hospital as part of Drug Take-Back Day.

Jamin Engel, an RMH pharmacist, said throwing prescriptions in the trash or toilet may not be safe. He said if you don't get rid of them properly, someone who doesn't need them may get them.

"It's because we want to get narcotics and medications that have an abuse potential off the streets. We don't want them to be laying around for somebody else to steal or somebody to take just for the effect that's unintentional in the first place," said Engel.

The event doesn't just protect humans. Engel said animals can get into the trash and fall ill if they get into the medications. If people flush their medications down the toilet, he said that can end up in water streams.

People can drop off the medications in bins at RMH. The event is anonymous and it runs from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. on Saturday. The only things participants can't bring are IV solutions and needles.

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