Grand Island group safely disposes of prescription drugs

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Updated: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:50:01 CST

Don't flush, don't dump. That's the message the Grand Island Area Clean Community System wants people to know about prescription drugs.

They held their 2nd prescription drug disposal event in conjunction with the Hall County Sheriff's Department and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Saturday.

The organization also disposes of common house hold hazardous waste like paint and even electronics.

Organizers say that proper medication disposal is crucial to community safety.

One study says that over six million Americans abuse prescription drugs.

"They are very much a danger to people, to children, to pets but particularly we don't want people flushing them down the stool so they get in the ground water and get in your water system so get in your drinking water and things like that." Said Pat Wagner, the Executive Director of the Grand Island Area Clean Community System.

Next Saturday, October 26th Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island is hosting a prescription drug take back event from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
It's a free and anonymous, no questions asked event.