Proper disposal of prescription pills is becoming a national concern.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department hosted the First Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s national campaign to end prescription drug abuse.
"We’re trying to raise people’s awareness about prescription medications and the safety of them, and also providing folks with a safe way to dispose of them," said Executive Director of Muskingum Behavior Health Steve Carrel.
The service was free and anonymous. All of the medications dropped off were sorted through and placed in the proper bins for disposal, which will ultimately be incinerated by the D.E.A. Carrel says they have received a few interesting items.
"One of the medications that came through had an expiration date from 1981 which should be a cause for concern for anybody," he said.
Health officials advise against flushing any medications down the toilet. If you are going to throw them into the trash, it is recommended to place them in kitty litter or coffee grounds first.
For more information on drug disposal, you can visit: http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm