Safely Dispose of your Old Medications

The DEA's 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming this Saturday to Kingwood

Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Kingwood Park & Ride at Rustic Woods and  West Lake Houston Parkway

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events in 2010. At the previous eleven Take-Back Day events, 6.3 million pounds of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications were surrendered for safe and proper disposal. The disposal service is free and anonymous for residents, with no questions asked. Keep in mind that needles, sharps, asthma inhalers, and illicit drugs are not accepted.

So gather together those half empty pill bottles, expired prescription, cold and allergy medications and bring them down to the Kingwood Park & Ride this Saturday. This is a rare event - so be sure and tell your friends.

Here are other important points from website in regards to safe drug disposal:

  • Inhalers and aerosol products can be dangerous if punctured or thrown into a fire or incinerator. Read the handling instructions on your inhaler. As recommended by the FDA, contact your local trash and recycling facility to confirm local laws about disposal of inhalers and aerosols.
  • Residents of assisted living communities and their family members should check with their community health care management team to learn the best way to dispose of used or unneeded medicines. If the resident is responsible, they, or a family member, should attempt to go to a sponsored Take Back Day or follow the directions for safe drug disposal.
  • Protect your identity, too. Before you throw away the medication container or bottle, fully mark out any personal information such as your name, address, or prescription number to protect your privacy.

KKG will collect Alkaline Batteries at B.O.P.A.

On Saturday, October 29th, from 9 AM to 1 PM Keep Kingwood Green will, for the first time, collect regular, single use Alkaline batteries at the upcoming B.O.P.A. event.

As a service to the community we will cover the cost to responsibly recycle AA, AAA, DD and 9V batteries, which residents are currently unable to safely dispose off elsewhere. While states like California and Washington and even cities like Austin, Texas encourages their citizens to recycle single use household batteries, the City of Houston and Harris County is telling residents to place these common batteries in the trash. We at KKG believe they do pose a danger to the environment and could leach heavy metals and other chemicals when buried at the local landfill, potentially contaminating our groundwater. So drop off your spent batteries with us (please no damaged ones) and if you want to help with the cost we would appreciate a small donation to help with our expenses.

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