In keeping with my spring cleaning theme at Casa Fernandez I'm clearing out any old, unnecessary, and expired medications and over-the-counter drugs. Plus if you have been caring for any parents, grandparents, or elderly folks, you may have a lot of medicines you don't need hanging around.

When someone you love passes away you're left trying to figure out how to get rid of those drugs properly. There are some places in Abilene where you can dispose of some medicines but not all.

Photo by: TTUHSC
Photo by: TTUHSC

The difference is, that most places DO NOT take sharps those are the needles or hypodermics used for insulin and or medical injections. Plus narcotic medications that are strictly regulated and any other medicines.

Fortunately for us here in Abilene, the event is held in front of the Texas Tech School of Nursing (TTSN) every year called the Medication Clean-Out Day. Abilenians can drop off all medications including sharps, YES sharps.

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They provide a safe, secure, and environmentally friendly way to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unnecessary medications properly. The Texas Panhandle Poison Center (TPPC), managed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, will host Abilene’s annual Spring Medication Cleanout.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. on April 27 (Saturday) outside the TTUHSC building, 1674 Pine Street. My friend Kay Williams the TTUHCS Media Relations Director told me that the reason most places do not accept sharps and narcotic medications is because of the costs involved in transporting and destroying said medications. Medication Clean-Out Day is Coming to Abilene!

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