Experts break down Dos and Don’ts of Drug Take Back Day

ERIN: MANY PEOPLE HAVE A WHOLE HOST OF ITEMS SITTING IN THEIR MEDICINE CABINETS EVERYTHING FROM PAIN KILLERS TO PET MEDS. AND IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON PARTICIPATING IN SATURDAY’S TAKE BACK DAY THERE ARE SOME RULES TO KEEP IN MIND. >> EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO DO THEIR PART. AND THEIR PART COULD BE JUST GETTING RID OF THAT LITTLE BOX OF MEDICATION THAT THEY LEAVE ON THEIR WINDOW SIL ERIN: HUNDREDS OF PILLS, OINTMENTS, DROPS PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER DUMPED IN BOXES ON DRUG TAKE BACK DAY. >> AND WE DO TAKE PET MEDICATIONS, I’LL THROW THAT IN THERE. ERIN: BUT THERE ARE SOME ITEMS YOU CAN NOT BRING INCLUDING LIQUIDS, THERMOMETERS, ELECTRONICS AND SHARPS. >> AND WHAT WE MEAN BY SHARPS ARE HYPODERMIC NEEDLES, LANCETS, TESTING SUPPLIES, THINGS LIKE THAT ALL HAVE TO GO INTO AN APPROVED SHARPS CONTAINE THEY CANNOT TAKE THOSE TO THE DRUG TAKE BACK. ERIN: ALTHOUGH THOSE CONTAINERS CAN BE FOUND AT PLACES LIKE AIRPORTS AND TURNPIKE REST STOPS OFFICIALS SAY WITH THE RIGHT MATERIALS YOU CAN SAFETY DISCARD THEM AT HOME. >> SEAL THEM UP IN A STURDY HOUSEHOLD CONTAINER. SECURE THAT GOOD WITH DUCT TAPE AND THEN PUT THAT IN THE HOUSEHOLD TRAS ERIN: OFFICIALS SAYS PROPER NEEDLE DISPOSAL IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO PREVENT AN ACCIDENTAL STICK. AND AS YOU CLEAN OUT YOUR CABINETS DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE ANY LABELS THAT MAY HAVE PERSONAL OR MEDICAL INFORMATION

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