The water company is working to keep unwanted medication from going down the toilet.
Illinois American Water is encouraging consumers to drop off their no longer needed pharmaceutical drugs at a number of collection points throughout the state this Saturday. This effort is part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a program designed to keep these drugs out of the state’s water supply and land fills. Flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them away in the trash are discouraged.
The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at metro-east police departments in Swansea, Fairview Heights, Maryville, Edwardsville, Roxana and Columbia. Collections will also be held at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
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— Will Buss, BND business writer