TIFTON – Tift County residents can turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal on April 30 at Moon's Pharmacy, located on 2nd Street.

The event is part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends that all expired drugs, along with those no longer needed, be disposed of properly. Many medications can be harmful if taken by someone other than the person for whom it was prescribed. The FDA recommends these guidelines for disposal:

• Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.

• Take advantage of programs, such as Take-Back Day, that allow the public to take unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Contact your city’s or county government’s household trash and recycling service to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for your area.

• Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Authorized sites may be retail, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement locations. Some offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles (“drop-boxes”). Call 1-800-882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.

If there are no instructions provided on the prescription drug labeling, the drugs can be thrown away as long as they are removed from their original containers and mixed with an undesirable substance such as dirt, coffee grounds or kitty litter, which will make the drugs less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to those who might go through the trash seeking drugs, the FDA's site reads.

The mixture should be placed in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent leakage.

You should also scratch out all identifying information on the label, including your identity and any personal health information.

If you still have questions or doubts about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist.

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