Warwick Coalition Youth Coordinator Francesca Bryson shares with everyone the importance of proper drug and medication disposal. Proper drug disposal of unused medications can prevent the negative and toxic impacts on our environment. Safely disposing of prescription medication can reduce the risks of accidental poisonings.
The Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition usually joins forces with the Warwick Police Department in an event called Rx Drug Take Back Day, where residents can discard their medications properly. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic this event is not taking place this year.
The Coalition had to quickly come up with a plan of action which is the Deterra Drug Deactivation bags. These environmentally friendly pouches contain organic additives and microbes that break down the medications in the form of pills, patches or liquid. Over time the plastic pouch disintegrates leaving behind the release of water, carbon dioxide and a small amount of organic biomass.