PCHC is giving area residents the chance to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications this week. A quick trip to drop them off will help protect Maine's landfills and water supplies.

When I was a kid, if you had medications that you didn't want anymore, you just threw them away or tossed them in the toilet. But these days, experts say that's a really bad idea. Too many medications will contaminate our landfills which, in turn, contaminates the ground water. And that quick trip down the John will do the same!

And then there's the danger of keeping too many medications on-hand. If they're within easy reach, you may find them missing thanks to a sneaky house guest. Or you may find yourself in danger if thieves break in to steal them.

So, the safest thing to do, all the way around, is dispose of them properly. That's where PCHC and local law enforcement come in. They've teamed up to offer a medication take-back day on Wednesday, September 24th. Folks can just take their expired and unwanted medications to the Penobscot Community Health Center Pharmacy, 1012 Union Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event is free and everyone's invited to take part. For more information, log onto the Penobscot Community Health Care website.