Local residents have the perfect opportunity on Saturday to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of old medications safely at the Prescription Drug Take Back and Sharps Collection Event.

"Residents can bring their unwanted, unused or expired medication for safe disposal. In addition, used and unused needles, syringes, and lancets stored in a puncture proof container will be accepted at this event," said Lindsey Roberts, regional prevention director at Neighbors Building Neighborhoods.

The Muskogee Community Anti-Drug Network, a program of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, is a coalition of volunteers that seeks to prevent substance abuse in Muskogee. They recommend getting rid of old medications no longer used or are out of date.

Some people believe it's safe to flush old medications or pour them down drains. Not so. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting water, impacting aquatic species, and contaminating food and water supplies.  

Putting them in the trash also can be dangerous. Children or pets could find them and accidentally ingest them. Trash that makes its way to landfills also can contaminate groundwater.

If you have any unwanted, unused or out-of-date medications to get rid of, take them to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Those medications will be safely destroyed by law enforcement, Roberts said.

And, if you can't make it to the event, the Muskogee Police Department, as well as the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, have disposal boxes. The one in the sheriff's office is open during business hours during the week, but the one in the police department is in the lobby and is available 24/7.

Don't take chances with others' lives. Dispose of medications properly.

If you go

WHAT: Prescription Drug Take Back and Sharps Collection Event.

WHERE: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 300 W. Martin Luther King St.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

INFORMATION: (918) 683-4600.

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