(WMC-TV) – According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, improper disposal of prescription medication is a public health and safety issue.
Saturday, local law enforcement held annual Drug Take-back events all over the mid-South.
Germantown resident Miriam Epstein says Prescription Drug Take-back Day is her safest option to clear out unwanted meds.
"I think it's very important that we dispose of them properly and not serve as an incentive for anyone to do the wrong thing and harm themselves," Epstein said.
The Drug Enforcement Agency says more Americans abuse prescription drugs than street drugs.
Local law enforcement held the no-questions-asked drug take-back at Germantown's Fire Station 3, and several other locations across the Mid-South, as part of a national event.
Germantown Alderman Greg Marcom says kids can get their hands on your old prescriptions and thieves can sell them on the street.
"We take in a lot of Oxycontin and things like that," said Marcom. "Dangerous drugs to have on the streets with kids and some adults as well," he added.
Betty Milam didn't want to throw out or flush her old prescriptions because the D.E.A. warns that can harm our drinking water.
"I just see it as a community service and it helps the environment.">
Marcom says Germantown collected 70 pounds of expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs last year, and the turnout was equal if not better this year.
"The DEA will take them to Milan, Tennessee and incinerate all of that so it's taken care of properly,' said Marcum.
Law enforcers say when you clear out your medicine cabinet the right way, you're part of the solution.
If you couldn't make it to the Drug Take-back, you can always dispose of your prescription drugs by taking them to your pharmacist.