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Families can dispose drugs at Health Fair

Carbon and Emery County families will have an opportunity to drop off their unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" community medication take-back event at the Annual CHAT Health Fair October 12 from 7:30 a.m. until noon. The health fair and the drop off event will be at the Carbon County Fairgrounds Event Center west parking lot, Anyone who drops off any type of medication will receive a coupon book to local businesses worth over $500 of savings as well as other various items.

"We cannot ignore the prescription medication and over-the-counter problems this community is encountering," stated Kaylum Paletta from Four Corners Community Behavioral Health Inc. "Poisonings and death by over-dose is a reality we all need to be aware of. Many accidental over-doses can be prevented by disposing of your medication safely," she continued. "We need to clean out our medicine cabinets and protect those we love from gaining access to medication. Children can easily take a few pills out of a bottle and use them, sell them, or give them away before family members even notice they are gone. It is also a safety risk to keep these medications in your home. People have been known to break into homes; even when the residents are occupying the house. We are also highly concerned about the impact to the environment from flushing medicines down the toilet or sink. It is very costly to filter any medications out of the water supply."

This is a service that will allow community members to safely dispose of medications. They will be accepting any prescription or over the counter medications as well as syringes.

The event provides safe "Drive-Up Drop-Off" access in which volunteers from Carbon County will take possession of the medications and turn them over to the Sheriff's Office to have them incinerated. "This highly requested event is made possible through the cooperative spirit and sponsorship of multiple local citizens and agencies," said Price City Councilwoman Jeanne McEvoy

For convenience and safety, folks never have to get out of their car at this collection, it also should be noted that this event is confidential. They would like the medication to be left in the original bottle to make sorting the medication easy and accurate. For more information on proper disposal, including information on DEQ grants to local law enforcement agencies to provide collection boxes. Visit: Price City as well as East Carbon City Police departments also have a drop off box located in their police stations. This box also allows community members to dispose of medications safely and responsibly on an as needed basis.

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