To the editor: It’s not OK to flush, throw away medication
By: Karola Dalen, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
As the resource and recycling coordinator for Carlton County, I felt compelled to respond to misleading information conveyed in a health advertisement titled “Medication Disposal Guide” located on page A9 of the Thursday, April 25, 2013 Pine Journal. The advertisement infers it is sometimes OK to flush medication down the toilet or dispose of medication in the trash. Evidence strongly suggests that disposing of medication by flushing or in the trash damages the environment. Proper disposal protects our soil, lakes, rivers and groundwater. Safe and secure disposal of prescription medication is also extremely important in preventing misuse by youths.
Carlton County residents should take unwanted medication to one of three county drop boxes located in the lobbies of the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Moose Lake Police Department, and Cloquet Police Department. The secure drop-boxes have been available to Carlton County residents since May 2011.
- Carlton County Sheriff’s Department — 317 Walnut Ave., Carlton; 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Cloquet Police Department — 508 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Moose Lake Police Department — 600 Highway 73, Moose Lake; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Carlton County residents with any questions on this issue may contact me at 218-384-9178 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karola Dalen, Carlton County Resource and Recycling Coordinator