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DISPOSING OLD MEDICATIONS

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According to the FDA, 60,000 kids go to the emergency room every year because they accidentally ingested medication that wasn’t prescribed to them;

Of those instances, 45 percent of them involved child-resistant containers. So it is better to get the unused pills out of home.

But remember, DO NOT FLUSH YOUR PILLS DOWN THE TOILET.

We have a ton of medications in our water system. Our water system cannot treat all the medications and many remain and get washed out into the ocean,

where fish and other sea creatures absorb them.

STEPS FOR DISPOSAL:

STEP 1: If you’re throwing away a prescription bottle, remove the identifiable info on the label.

Prescriptions often have your full name, address, and phone number, along with the more obvious information about what medications you’ve been prescribed.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests scratching that label out thoroughly with a permanent marker, or peel off the sticker and rip it up.

STEP 2 a: Go to any one of these locations to dispose the unused medications – nearest DEA-authorized collection site

Public Controlled Substance Disposal Locations:

Business Name Address 1 City, State Zip Distance Map
WALGREEN CO. 2001 CUSTER RD PLANO, TX 75075 5 miles

CVS PHARMACY, INC. 7230 PRESTON RD FRISCO, TX 75034 6 miles

INFINITY PHARMACY SOLUTIONS, LLC 3313 ESSEX DRIVE, STE 200 RICHARDSON, TX 75082 8 miles

CVS PHARMACY, INC. 4610 FRANKFORD RD DALLAS, TX 75287 10 miles

TRINITY APOTHECARY 2501 E HEBRON PKWY, STE 100B CARROLLTON, TX 75010 10 miles

WALGREEN CO. 1651 W UNIVERSITY DRIVE MCKINNEY, TX 75069 11 miles

WALGREEN CO. 1804 E HEBRON PKWY CARROLLTON, TX 75010 11 miles

CVS PHARMACY, INC. 2591 FM 423 LITTLE ELM, TX 75068 12 miles

Some locations require you to purchase a special bag to contain the medicines. To avoid that element of surprise, call the site first and ask.

STEP 2 b: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28th, the DEA is promoting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Lots of pharmacies and police stations will be advertising their disposal boxes, and it’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet.

Look at the collection sites here:

PARTICIPANTS NAME COLLECTION SITE ADDRESS CITY STATE, ZIP ~DISTANCE
If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.
PLANO POLICE DEPARTMENT CLARK HIGH SCHOOL 523 W SPRING CREEK PARKWAY PLANO TX, 75023 3 miles.

ALLEN POLICE DEPARTMENT ALLEN CITY HALL 305 CENTURY PARKWAY ALLEN TX, 75013 3 miles.

PLANO POLICE DEPARTMENT PLANO SENIOR HIGH 2200 INDEPENDENCE PARKWAY PLANO TX, 75075 6 miles.

PLANO POLICE DEPARTMENT PLANO EAST SENIOR HIGH 3000 LOS RIOS BLVD PLANO TX, 75074 6 miles.

ALLEN POLICE DEPARTMENT LOWERY FRESHMAN CENTER 601 E. MAIN ST ALLEN TX, 75002 8 miles.

PARKER PD PARKER PD
PARKING LOT
5700 E PARKER ROAD PARKER TX, 75002 8 miles.

RICHARDSON POLICE DEPT RICHARDSON CIVIC CENTER/SOUTH PARKING LOT 411 WEST ARAPAHO ROAD RICHARDSON TX, 75080 10 miles.

PLANO POLICE DEPARTMENT PLANO WEST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 5601 WEST PARKER ROAD PLANO TX, 75093 7 miles.

MURPHY PD MURPHY PD 206 N. MURPHY RD MURPHY TX, 75094 9 miles.

DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT DAN F. LONG MIDDLE SCHOOL 2525 FRANKFORD RD DALLAS TX, 75287 10 miles.

FAIRVIEW PD FAIRVIEW FIRE STATION #1 500 SOUTH STATE HWY 5 FAIRVIEW TX, 75069 11 miles.

CARROLLTON PD HEBRON VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4108 CREEK VALLEY BLVD CARROLLTON TX, 75010 12 miles.

CARROLLTON PD CARROLLTON PD 2025 E JACKSON RD CARROLLTON TX, 75006 15 miles.

Takeaway: Periodically clear your closet of unused medications. Dispose them the proper way.

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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