Before the Colds and Flu Hit, Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

With the fall weather upon us, many may begin to prepare for cold and flu season. Medical experts say don’t forget to clean out your medicine cabinet before winter ailments appear.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy Texas Panhandle Poison Center and the Lubbock County VOICES Coalition will host a Medication Cleanout™ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, 3601 4th St.

Jeanie Jaramillo, Pharm.D., director of the Texas Panhandle Poison Center, encourages Lubbock area residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring in any unused, expired or unnecessary medications for proper disposal.

“Flushing or throwing old medications into the trash may contaminate the environment, pollute our drinking and ground water and harm aquatic creatures,” Jaramillo said. “Also, the abuse of prescription medications is now the fastest-growing drug problem in the U.S. Medication Cleanout™ is a proactive approach to safeguard our communities by providing a free and convenient way for people to dispose of these medications in a legal, environmentally sound and convenient manner.”

The event will be conducted using a drive-thru, drop-off format, and signs will be posted. Medications must be in their original containers. This event will be Lubbock’s 10th Medication Cleanout™. To date, more than 25,000 pounds of unneeded medicine have been disposed of properly from households across the panhandle. These medicines are no longer a threat for poisoning, abuse, misuse or environmental contamination. Because of environmental restrictions, only medications from households can be accepted. Loads of medications from clinics, pharmacies and other businesses are not accepted.

The Medication Cleanout™ is a TTUHSC School of Pharmacy initiative and is partially sponsored by the Lubbock County VOICES Coalition with support from the TTUHSC School of Medicine and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department. For more information about the Medication Cleanout™, call (806) 414-9495 or visit www.MedicationCleanout.com.

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