Temple Tips

Medication Disposal

"You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” ~Psalms 77:14

We are blessed to live in a time when many health problems can be cured or treated with medication, either prescribed by your doctor, or bought at the store "over the counter." I consider this a miracle! If you are managing your medications or those of a loved one, it is a huge responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Whether the prescription changed, or the medication was not helpful, the extras tend to accumulate and we are hesitant to throw them away - we might need them later and they are already paid for. Do not share medicines with others as it might not be medically safe to do so! You are supposed to store medications in a cool, dry place; refrigerate only if noted on the bottle. If not stored properly the medication might not work as well. Check all medication bottles at least once a year and do not use if it is expired. Do not throw meds in the trash or toilet as they are considered hazardous to the ground water system. What are you to do with all of the extras? I am starting a collection site for medications with the "Drug Drop Box." The medications collected will be transported to the Suffolk Police Department on Bridge Road for proper disposal. I will have a closed container in the Atrium, attended at all times, for you to bring meds in that you want to dispose of. The only restriction is we cannot collect liquids. All types of medications can be included (even narcotics). Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinets! I am planning the second Sunday in July and August for the first collection days. The program will be continued periodically throughout the year.    ~Amy Gray RN, Parish Nurse