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Help others by recycling your prescription drugs

By Linda Cooper
Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - 2008 has been a horrible year for the Cooper family, but we learned some very valuable lessons. I want to share one of those lessons with the chatlisters.

As some of you know, both of my inlaws (Ken & Wynell Cooper) passed away in August and September of this year. Both were on a variety of very expensive and "high power" prescription drugs at the end. Some of those prescriptions had just been filled just before the deaths and we wondered what to do with them. Coloscopy bag supplies, narcotics, diabetic supplies, blood thinners, the list went on and on. We certainly didn't want to just flush them or throw them in the trash and the local drug store could not take them back.

After several phone calls to several agencies, I found out that the Chatham County Council on Aging will take these unused drugs and supplies. They recycle them by giving them to a drug store in Siler City that operates a free prescription drug program for folks who can't afford their medicines. The pharmacist checks each drug and/or supply to make sure it is ok (not tampered with) and then repackages it for someone else who needs it.

Don't flush those unused drugs!

Don't throw them in the trash!

There is a wide variety of reasons why you shouldn't do that - the environment, etc. Instead, let them be useful to someone else, someone less fortunate, someone who needs them. Contact the Chatham County Council on Aging (542-4512) and ask for Phyllis.

Please pass the word. Out of our sorrow came some good.

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