Do you have unused or expired medicines in your home?
Storing these medications in your home are a danger to your kids, families and the environment. That's why it's important to educate yourself on how to properly dispose unwanted and expired medicines. The City of Weatherford suggests a few ways to properly dispose of expired, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
What to Do:
Take Back Meds Collection Event- The City of Weatherford Water Utilities and Police Department will be hosting its 5th event on Saturday, October 22, 2016. This event will take place at the Ninth Grade Center located at 1007 S. Main St. To date we've collected a total of 1,308 lbs.and counting. Help get drugs off the streets and out of our water supply!
Pharmacy Take Back Meds Intiative- Certain local community pharmacies may collect your unused or expired medications and dispose of them properly for you. Find out which local pharmacy participates in this program.
Drop off Prescription Drugs- The Weatherford Police Department (located at 801 Santa Fe Drive) has a permanent collection box in its lobby available 24 hours, seven days a week, to collect all unwanted or expired medications (prescription or over-the-counter).
Trash- If you cannot participate in any of the programs listed above, follow these household disposal steps: Mix your drugs (DO not crush tablets or open capsules) with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid or into a sealed bag and place it in the trash.
DO NOT FLUSH- Flushing or pouring medicines down the drain is a common way of disposal and was highly encouraged by the FDA. Yet studies have shown that disposing medicines down the drain and/or toilets cannot be removed through our wastewater treatment plants, enter into our rivers and lakes, and later into our drinking water source. So stop this common practice now and participate in the City's Take Back Meds event.