Pharmacy to take, dispose of drugs
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 23, 2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Buckley Pharmacy is teaming up with law enforcement agencies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Commissary during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in order to provide a safe way of disposing expired, unwanted or dangerous drugs stored at home.
The free service aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration's official website.
The event is an opportunity for Team Buckley members to clean out their old prescription drugs.
"Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is important in helping to keep the community safe as well as our environment," said Staff Sgt. Danielle Garcia, 460th Medical Group pharmacy technician. "Some patients may have several expired or unused medications in their medicine cabinets which can create health hazards to family members and pets. Accidentally ingesting one dose of expired medication can be fatal.
"Also, by throwing medication in the trash or flushing it down the toilet can be a safety and health hazard. Flushing medication down the toilet can contaminate the water," Garcia added.
This is the seventh annual collaboration between the DEA and pharmacies inside the United States.
With some pharmacies without drug disposal measures available on location, events like this go a long way to make the community safer, Garcia stated.
For more information or to get involved, call 720-847-6049.