OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to sponsor the seventh annual “P2D2” Green Day Prescription Drug Disposal on Saturday, June 7, on the medical center’s campus. Last year, the event brought in over 600 pounds of unused or expired medications from the Bloomington-Normal community. Included in that total was 55 pounds of controlled substances, which were collected by a Bloomington police officer.
This year’s event will be a drive thru drop-off only collection. Bloomington-Normal residents are asked to drive thru and drop off any unused or expired medications from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 7. A local police officer will be on location to collect any controlled substances.
The goals of P2D2 are to reduce the abuse and misuse of medications and to educate the community in proper disposal techniques to reduce harm to the environment. Many people flush their old pills down the toilet, which is now considered the most environmentally harmful technique of disposal. A recent study shows those improperly disposed of medications are seeping out of waste water treatment plants and into drinking water. The study looked at 130 rivers, streams, and waterways in the U.S. and concluded 80 percent were found to have traces of antibiotics, anti-depressants, painkillers, and tranquilizers, among others.
This P2D2 event will accept prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary medications, as well as inhalers and mercury-filled thermometers so they may be disposed of properly. Items that will not be accepted include illegal drugs, needles, syringes, and bio-hazardous materials. Residents should bring their medications in the original packaging or prescription bottles. The name and address should be marked out or removed but not the name of the medication.
For alternative drug disposal location available year round, please visit www.p2d2program.org for a listing of participating pharmacies and police stations in the community.
**In the event of rain, the drop off will be relocated to the Eastland Medical Plaza I entrance by the pharmacy.
For more information about P2D2, please call Kellee Monahan at (309) 665-5749.