Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs or pet medications? The Nashua River Watershed Association urges you to dispose of them safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The drop-off is free; no questions asked. To locate a collection site near you, check with your local police station, or visit the NRWA's website, nashuariverwatershed.org, and click on Prescription Take-Back Day under upcoming events for a locator tool.
"Keeping our water free from chemicals is one way to help ensure the health and safety of our water sources. We will be working with communities to encourage the installation of permanent drug drop-off boxes to make it even easier to dispose of drugs year round," reports Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director. "We want a venue for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, so they don't put the drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet where they could eventually end up in our water."
Research has shown that pharmaceuticals -- including prescription drugs -- are present in our nation's water and may cause environmental harm. The National Center for Disease Control advises that although there is no current evidence that these pharmaceuticals in the environment are responsible for any negative health effects in humans, keeping our water clean is an important public health goal.
The Massachusetts Environmental Trust is providing funding for NRWA's "Pharmaceuticals: Taking Action to Protect the Commonwealth's Waters" project.
For information, contact Martha Morgan, NRWA water programs director, at 978-448-0299, or email MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Help keep our waters clean! Mark your calendar now, clean out your medicine cabinet, and drop-off your unused prescriptions on Oct. 26.