Fall River Health Services takes your old medications

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (KEVN) - Fall River Health Services makes every day Drug Take Back Day in the county, taking in unused or expired prescriptions as well as over-the-county drugs.

Expired medications might not be effective and sometimes, according to a Fall River Health Services release, could even be dangerous. Fall River Health Services recommends taking leftover prescriptions from your medicine cabinet, noting that a number of antibiotics have a shelf life of just 10 to 14 days.

Where you store your medications should also be considered. Bathroom medicine cabinets are actually not a good idea, according to Fall River Health Services. The temperature is too high so another area, such as a kitchen or better yet, a room where children can’t get to them, is recommended.

Don’t throw your old medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Fall River Health Services has a MedDrop drug take-back receptacle you can use for disposal; but not for syringes.

“It’s a nice way to get rid of unwanted or unneeded medications, because we don’t want to put them into our water supply or the landfills where they might get into our water system. In addition, you are keeping them out of the hands of others who have not been prescribed these medications. It’s a national effort to knock out opioid abuse across America,” said Shelly Gardner, pharmacy manager and director of outpatient services at FRHS.

Fall River Health Services is at 1201 Highway 71 in Hot Springs.