(Casper, Wyo.) - *Residents are encouraged to drop off expired or unused medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – to the Casper Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 19.* The location was chosen to encourage seniors to dispose of old medications, but the general public is welcome. Wyoming Medical Center Pharmacist Patti Nelson started the drug take back program in 2007. Since then, more than 14,000 pounds of medication have been collected in Casper alone. Nelson said many of the drugs she collects have long since expired, but they still pose a threat to everyone from a curious grandchild to someone with a prescription drug addiction. “Do you really need to keep your drugs from 1971?” she said last month when she was going through medications collected in 2015. Holding up one extremely full bottle, Nelson said while the retail value of the pills was worth more than $1,000, the street value was significantly higher. “When it gets out on the street, people die,” Nelson said. The safest thing for people to do is to keep the medications they are using secure, and safely get rid of expired or unused drugs. Nelson said that’s not flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash, but taking them to a secure drop box or an event like the one at the Senior Center. For more information about the event, contact the Natrona County office of Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming at 472-5991 or send a message on their Facebook page – PMO Natrona County
. The Casper Senior
Center is located at 1831 East 4th Street.
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