Marsh Pharmacies, Main Street Market Pharmacies, and sponsors including the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will have Marsh Spring 2014 “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” event March 14 through 17. The hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 14; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 17.
To locate a Marsh or MainStreet Market Pharmacy, visit www.marsh.net/pharmacy/pharmacy-locator.
To be accepted, all items must be fully identifiable and in the original containers. The name of the medication must be visible on the label; a black, permanent marker can be used to block out personal information, including name, address and Rx number. Sharps should be in a puncture-resistant rigid container (such as a laundry detergent bottle). These are the types of medicines that will be accepted:
• Pills, capsules and liquids (no aerosols, inhalers, Nitroglycerin or alcohol-containing products).
• Medicine must be in original container with original label intact.
• No medicines that have the words ‘‘toxic,’’ ‘‘corrosive,” ‘‘reactive,’’ ‘‘ignitable,’’ ‘‘flammable’’ or ‘‘poison’’ will be accepted.
• No mixtures will be accepted: only one type of medication can be in a single container.
• No pill organizers will be accepted.
• No controlled or illegal substances (you may check with your regular pharmacist if you are not certain whether a certain medicine is a controlled substance).
• Only sharps in re-sealable, hard-plastic containers will be accepted.
• Only unwanted medicines from individuals will be accepted. Nothing will be accepted from health centers, clinics, doctors’ offices, or other businesses or organizations.
IDEM works to inform the public about opportunities for safely disposing of unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medicines. In addition to protecting lakes and streams, taking unwanted medicines to collections protects pets and children, who can be poisoned from the accidental ingestion of pharmaceuticals thrown in the trash. Additional information about unwanted medicines, including a list of local medicine collection programs in Indiana, is posted on the IDEM website at www.recycle.IN.gov.