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Drug Take Back Day Helps To Protect The Environment

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) When you open your medicine cabinet, what do you do with your old prescription drugs? If you flush them down the toilet or throw them away, you could be hurting the environment.

"The reason that we do so that they can dispose of their drugs properly is because we don't want them to get in the wrong hands. We don't want them left in a medicine cabinet where someone can come by and get a hold of them. We don't want them taken put in the landfills where if they aren't disposed of properly they can't get into the environment. Or we don't want them flushed down the toilet where they can get in the waterways," said Sgt. Luke Allen.

And that is Jim Brooks took time to stop at the bi annual drug take back day.

"I didn't want to pollute the environment and it was easy to bring them here. Otherwise I would have had to go all the way to the police department," said Jim Brooks.

But polluting the environment isn't the only concern when it comes to old drugs. If you have kids or grandkids, you don't want them getting a hold of your old medications.

"A lot of times it is expired and the medicine doesn't work and it's old and it's not going to work the way it was. And you just don't want to have that laying around. If you have kids or grandkids or anyone that can get in the cabinet and get into it, and if you don't know what it is and they end up taking that then there can end up being problems from that as well," said Sgt. Allen.

If you missed the drug take back day, there's a year round option for disposing of your old prescriptions.

"We have a drop box down at the police department that they can come down during business hours and we will take their drugs for them there," Sgt. Luke Allen told us.

If you haven't cleaned your medicine cabinets, it's a good way to do some spring cleaning while protecting your kids, grandkids and the environment.


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