This is in response to a comment in the Oct. 8 Talk Back about Drug Take Back Day.


Kudos to Parks Pharmacy and North Augusta for participating in National Drug Take Back day on Sept. 29.


Although it is true that the City of Aiken did not participate in the National Drug Take Back Day, there are at least four local, independent pharmacies in Aiken that show concern for citizens and the environment by disposing of unwanted (noncontrolled substances) prescription medications.


Family Pharmacy, Medicine Mart, Ingate Professional Pharmacy and Family Pharmacy-South Aiken all participate in the National Community Pharmacist Association Dispose My Meds program and accept prescription noncontrolled substance medications for disposal during business hours all year long.


Do not flush drugs down the toilet since they eventually end up in the water supply.


As a local pharmacist, I will invite and encourage Aiken Public Safety to partner with DEA and our local pharmacy for next year’s one-day event to dispose of controlled substances (narcotic pain killers, amphetamine stimulants, etc.).


In the meantime, I recommend that all citizens with unwanted, noncontrolled, prescription medications drop these off at one of the pharmacies listed.


Jay Watts


Pharmacist-owner, Family Pharmacy