Drugs Make Me Happy originally uploaded by Steve Snodgrass
Last week’s poll asked about your flossing habits. It was pretty much a dead heat among “every day”, “not enough”, and “a few times a week”. While I am definitely in the “not enough” category, I am a hypochondriac of sorts and Sank’s comment that those who don’t do it enough could be breeding horrendous bacteria growth in this bloodstream. Not wanting to deal with that nonsense, I am going to up my efforts–but perhaps with one of those fancy electric toothbrushes instead of the cord–because gadgets are fun. Do you hope to change your flossing habits soon?
This week’s poll comes courtesy of this StarTribune article which talks about the rise in the number of local programs intended to keep unused prescription drugs out of the hands of minors and/or out of our sewer systems. Instead of doing the sensible thing and simply throwing out unused prescription drugs so that they may be disposed of at the landfill as they should, people either leave them unused in their medicine cabinets or flush them down the toilet which is poisoning our drinking water. In response to the stupidity of the people in their counties, Scott and Dakota have setup receptacles to collect the drugs for safe disposal by licensed incineration.
From the article:
The programs were started after law enforcement locally and nationally noticed an increase in the number of youths abusing prescription drugs taken from their parents’ medicine cabinets or purchased on the street.
The drug take-back programs began in Chisago County two years ago in what was believed to be the first program of its kind in the nation.
“It’s been amazing,” said Chisago County Sheriff’s deputy Josh Olds, who helped run the program.
Olds said that last year the Sheriff’s Office collected more than 1,500 pounds of medications and narcotics from the three boxes it has around the county, in in Centerville, North Branch and Rush City.
The spread of the program has perhaps been slowed by the cost involved in securely transporting the collected items for disposal — most agencies have been paying thousands of dollars for transport and disposal. Law enforcement must now go to Illinois or to the Alexandria area, where the nearest incinerators licensed to dispose of such narcotics are located, law enforcement officials said. But that could change soon.
So the poll question for today is whether you keep, flush, or throw out unused prescription medications but there are many others including whether you think that Dakota County should continue its pilot program when the solution is as simple as throwing it into the trash and not your toilet? Do you think we, as taxpayers, should be paying thousands to incinerate the drugs in another state? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on and vote on the side bar and then feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.