Take advantage of two new permanent drug disposal dropboxes located in Missoula and Stevensville
It's easy to take action to protect our rivers and streams. Clean out your medicine cabinets of any unused or expired medications (over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs), and bring them down to one of two new permanent disposal dropboxes in Missoula or Stevensville. Or, drop off unused medications at the upcoming Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Southgate Mall on Saturday, April 26 between 10a-2p.
In Stevensville: Drop offs are accepted 7 days a week via a supervised TakeAway Box at Valley Drug & Variety, located at 301 Main Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Drugs are taken away and transported by Sharps Environmental Services, and destroyed at a commercial treatment facility in Carthage, Texas. The waste is repurposed into PELLA-DRX, a clean raw material used in a variety of industrial applications. Items that CANNOT be accepted include controlled substances or narcotics-- these can be taken to the Stevensville Police Station. Visit www.familypharmacist.com or find Valley Drug & Variety on Facebook.
Why do we need a safe disposal method?
Certain pharmaceutical drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs, have been detected in lakes, rivers, and groundwater across the globe. Scientists generally agree that aquatic life is at increased risk due to the increasing amount of drugs in our water.
How do these drugs enter our rivers, streams, and groundwater in the first place? Industry, hospitals, and medical centers contribute a fair share, but households also add to the problem. People often dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs or other medications by flushing them down the toilet, but flushing is NOT a safe method of disposal. Municipal sewage treatment plants, as well as individual septic systems, are not equipped to filter the drugs from the water, meaning that drugs and chemicals often pass right through treatment centers and end up in our waterways.
Proper disposal not only protects fish and wildlife, but also helps our community by keeping unused prescription drugs out of the hands of abusers.