FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (April 28, 2011) -- Fort Meade is hosting a Community Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the PX. The event is in support of the National Drug Take Back Day. The Army Substance Abuse Program staff in conjunction with the Fort Meade Pharmacy and the Department of Emergency Services is collecting your unneeded, unused and/or expired medication.

This is an opportunity to protect the environment by not flushing your medications down the drains. Medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions and diseases, but unused portions must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to wildlife, pets and people.

Follow your medication prescriber's instructions and use all medications as instructed. If you do not use all of your prescribed or over-the-counter medication, two steps can prevent a huge impact on the environment:

*Do not flush unused medications and do not pour them down a sink or drain.

*To dispose in household trash, pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.

Add kitty litter, sawdust or coffee grounds (or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat) to the plastic bag.

Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.

Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.