Back in the sixties the illicit drugs of choice were acid and marijuana. Now the drugs of choice among urban youth are the legal ones. Instead of buying a bag of weed on the street corner, they raid mommy and daddy’s medicine cabinet to get at the Valium and diet drugs to get a buzz.
Popping pills has always been around, just ask a bike rider or truck driver from years ago. At Woodstock they passed around a big salad bowl of prescription drugs and everybody swallowed a handful. But in today’s pill popping society it has become pandemic.
Another big problem is people flushing their expired prescriptions down the toilet where they end up in the drinking water. Random samples taken in big cities have shown an unpleasant cocktail of prescription drugs in the drinking water: everything from uppers and downers to birth control pills.
The amounts of the drugs you ingest from the drinking water may be so small that many authorities say that there is nothing to be alarmed about, but would you want to take them anyway?
Here in St. Louis they have a solution to that problem: a safer way to dispose of your expired medications. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Law enforcement agencies around the area as well as many pharmacies and grocers will collect expired, unused medications, both prescription and over the counter, from 10 am. to 2 pm., Saturday, Sept. 25. The service is free and anonymous.”
The DEA is sponsoring the program here in St. Louis as it has In many other cities around the country. As a matter of fact, you can go to their website, punch in your zip code and find out when they will be collecting expired drugs in a city near you.
As much as you may want to turn them in, the DEA is not collecting any illegal drugs or drugs that are injectable. They are also not collecting any IV equipment or syringes. Discuss how to dispose of these items with your doctor or pharmacist.
The program was launched because of the growing problem of these type of drugs being used for recreational purposes. They can also pose a danger to children and pets if they are carelessly tossed into the trash can.
According to the FDA, sometimes even not flushing the drugs down the toilet doesn’t solve the problem of them getting into the drinking water. Sometimes the drugs that aren’t metabolized by your body end up there anyway.