The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-back Day on Oct. 29.
This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs. Three sites will be operating where these drugs can be disposed of free with no questions asked.
Last April El Dorado County residents turned in 253.8 pounds of prescription drugs at three sites in El Dorado County. This was a large increase from the year before when county residents turned in a little more than 100 pounds. The Sheriff’s Department looks forward to another successful Drug Take Back Day this month.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.