The Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) is hosting another free event on National Prescription (Rx) Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. This drive-through event will be held in the Walgreens parking lot, 750 Mankato Avenue, Winona, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Rx Drug Take-Back Day is your opportunity to safely dispose of the extra prescription drugs you have at home. Law enforcement officials and volunteers will be there to help direct traffic, collect items in trash bags, and hand out information about other safe disposal options. People are encouraged to bring items in their original containers and blacken or scratch out personal information, but all items will be safely incinerated. Controlled substances and liquid narcotics prescribed to you will be accepted, but please take needles and over-the-counter medications to the Hazardous Waste Center (225 West Second Street, Winona).
Winona County ASAP has collected 757 pounds of perscription drugs over the last five Perscription Drug Take-Back Day events. If not disposed of properly, these substances can harm the environment if flushed or can be misused to sell, get high, or self-medicate. Two-thirds of teens who misused pain relievers say they got them from family and friends, including the medicine cabinet (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 2016). Please bring your expired or unused prescription drugs to the event!
Winona County ASAP is a coalition of community members devoted to cultivating a drug-free culture for children and teens in the Winona area. You can learn more by visiting www.winonacountyasap.org or calling 507-474-2727.