Smith’s taking back unwanted prescription drugs

ST. GEORGE – Smith’s Food & Drug Store and the Washington County Drug Task Force will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Personal information may be blackened out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into bins provided at Smith’s Food & Drug Store, 20 North Bluff Street.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. In addition, Utahns are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards. Many drugs cannot be removed by sewer treatment plants or septic systems and end up in our streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater and soil, and may cause harm to the environment.

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co., one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smith’s manages 131 stores and 75 fuel centers throughout Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, northern Arizona and southern Idaho.

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