On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Boise State’s Health Services is hosting a fall prescription drug take back. The program will allow all members of the Boise State and surrounding community to turn in old and expired medications for safe disposal, free of charge. The drug disposal program will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Quad.
Members from the Boise Police Department will be on site to collect and secure prescription medications and answer questions from community members. Once collected, the old prescriptions are safely incinerated. For more information about disposing medications, visit the FDA website. This method of disposal is better than throwing prescriptions away or flushing them down the toilet, where they may leach into the water supply.
Last year, across four Idaho campuses, Lewis-Clark State College, College of Idaho, University of Idaho and Boise State, more than 300 pounds of prescription medication was collected and properly disposed of. Boise State’s prescription drug take back event is part of the Idaho College Health Coalition’s prescription drug prevention program, which is funded by a grant through the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. The Idaho College Health Coalition is a 10-year partnership among the four universities to combat alcohol and drug abuse with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles among college students.
The coalition is in the third year of funding to implement the strategic prevention framework in a statewide college health collaborative. This plan included evidence-based activities and environmental strategies with an actionable timeline to address alcohol and prescription medication misuse and abuse among college students in Idaho.
Twelve percent of Idaho college students report using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. The national average for college students abusing prescription drugs is nearly 11 percent. Help make Idaho a safer place to be by safely disposing of your prescription medications.