Tampa Fla. – The Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA) is combating prescription drug misuse in a unique way. HCADA is implementing a drug disposal program within Hillsborough County.
HCADA received ten thousand bags this past month and hopes to distribute these to pharmacies and clinics in the county. This is all part of a new national pilot program.
Hillsborough is one of three counties in the entire country partaking in this program.
The purpose of these bags is so you have a proper way to dispose of prescription medicines. HCADA says this is better than throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet, which has environmental effects.
“Different medications and antibiotics are actually showing in fish in the waters, where we obtain some of our food supply.” Ronnie Crescentini from HCADA says.
These bags add another way to dispose of prescription medicine. There are usually two drug take back days in the county where the coalition and members of the community can properly get rid of their unwanted medicine.
Dr. Thomas Towers, an assistant professor with USF says, “One of the benefits too is that there is a privacy to it.”
The bags can hold up to 90 pills and any type of medication can be put in them. The bags are easy to use with clear easy-to-follow instructions on the back. All you need is water. They can be thrown away and they will not harm the environment because they are biodegradable.
The long term goal for the program is that they are used by the public and funding will be awarded to keep the program going on a wider, more national scale.
The bags are free of charge and can be picked up at HCADA. If you cannot make it, HCADA will deliver one to you.