The age-old advice of flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet is now considered to be the least desirable of all alternatives. Recent U.S. Geological Survey studies have found traces of painkillers, estrogen, antidepressants, blood-pressure medicines, etc. in water samples from 30 states. Studies have linked hormone exposure to reproductive defects in fish, and environmental exposure to antibiotics to the development of drug-resistant germs. Help protect our rivers by properly disposing of unwanted medication at the locations listed below.
The Allen County TRIAD sponsors a year-round medication collection program, with support from local police and sheriff’s departments. Collection boxes are available at the following police and sheriff posts in Allen County:
Huntertown Town Hall
15617 Lima Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Allen County/Fort Wayne Police Department
Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St. (box in the lobby)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
New Haven Police Department
815 Lincoln Highway E.
Hours: Open 24/7 – In the Lobby
ONLY PILLS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS (liquid medications can be dried by adding sawdust, kitty litter, or flour, and then sealed in a container and placed in the trash). NO syringes/sharps! More information call TRIAD 260-469-3036.
Additional medication collection takes place at Walgreens on the 4th Friday of April and September. Contact TRIAD for more information.