This Saturday, Chattanooga area residents have an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired, or unneeded pharmaceuticals in a socially and environmentally safe manner (anonymously and for free!). This drug disposal program, with support from government and non-profit groups, will collect any unwanted medications or personal care products from local residents for disposal in the most environmentally safe and socially responsible manner.
Disposal of medications in this responsible fashion prevents them from 1) ending up in our environment or water supply; 2) being accidentally consumed by a child; 3) being taken after their expiration date; 4) being deliberately consumed in an abusive fashion by the wrong person. This program and programs like it are gaining in popularity nationwide as more and more research shows that trace levels of medication are ending up in our natural ecosystem and our water supplies. These chemicals, even in very low concentrations can wreak havoc on plants and animals, and may have negative effects on humans with prolonged exposure (even at trace levels). The best way to prevent these chemicals from negatively effecting our environment is to have the proper authorities dispose of them at specialized facilities.
Please see below for additional details and links.
Where: East Chattanooga Weed and Seed Office
1502 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
When: Saturday October 16, 2010 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructions: Please bring medications in original containers if possible with personal information removed or crossed out. Leave medication name/information visible.
They will be accepting: prescription AND over-the-counter medications, lotions, fragrances, vitamins, cosmetics, etc.
They will NOT be accepting: IV bags, sharps and needles, and radioactive medications.