Prescription Medication Disposal

Often when there is a prescription that is no longer in use, the surplus drugs end up lining the shelves of medicine cabinets and kitchen drawers. Although people often forget about these leftover pills, it is important to effectively dispose of the surplus drugs to ward off prescription drug abuse. Seventy percent of individuals 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get the pills from their friends and relatives.

However, just flushing the pills down the toilet can lead to some serious environmental problems; that is why here at RE3.org we want to let you know of some participating stores that are promoting responsible disposal of these items. In the Raleigh area, six local Food Lion stores will be participating in the “Prescription Pill Drop-Off,” which promotes the responsible disposal of unwanted medications. On Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the stores will take any unneeded or expired prescription drugs.

The event is sponsored by the city of Raleigh Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration. These agencies hope to promote public awareness of prescription drug abuse and provide a viable and convenient location for households to drop off these substances. Representatives will be on hand at the parking lot of the following Food Lion locations on May 30.

4510 Capital Boulevard;
1100 N. Raleigh Boulevard;
1121 Falls River Avenue;
2420 Wycliff Road;
4827 Grove Barton Road;
1601 Cross Link Road.

If you have any unwanted prescriptions stop by and get a head start on your spring cleaning!

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