Safe, Free Disposal of Unused Medications - Saturday, September 29, 2012

You have a tooth pulled and your dentist prescribes pain medication. Overwork and daily stress cause you to lose sleep, so your doctor prescribes a sleep aid. Your doctor switches you to the latest cholesterol medication. Leftovers of these and other medications stack up in your medicine cabinet. With all the media attention being given to the effect of prescription drugs on the nation’s water supply, you now know that flushing them down the toilet is not a good option. What do you do?

Guilford County Alcohol and Drug Services is working with the Greensboro Police Department, local Walgreens pharmacies and Burton's Pharmacy in a partnership with Greensboro Beautiful to provide residents the opportunity to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and get rid of those old pharmaceuticals safely and at no cost. This nationwide program is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Participating Walgreens locations in Greensboro:
 • 1600 Spring Garden Street
 • 3703 Lawndale Avenue
 • 300 E. Cornwallis Drive
 • 3701 High Point Road
 • 5727 High Point Road
 • 4701 W. Market Street
 • 3529 N. Elm Street
Burton's Pharmacy, an independent family-owned drug store, is also participating in the program. Burton's Pharmacy is located at 120 E. Lindsay Street in downtown Greensboro.

Participants are asked to place their unwanted medications in a zippered plastic bag for disposal. Pill bottles should be discarded at home -- remove labels with patient identification before doing so.  Needles and medical sharps (any items used to pierce the skin) are not eligible for drop off.

Greensboro police officers will be present at all drop-off locations to assist with drug collection and transferring all collected medications to the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration.

Responsible medicine disposal protects our waterways and environment. To learn more about proper disposal of medications, please visit, a joint venture of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

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