Drug Take Back on April 26
On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give residents of El Dorado County another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to any one of the following sites:
• The sheriff’s main office, 300 Fair Lane, Placerville.
• The sheriff’s El Dorado Hills substation, 4354 Town Center Drive.
• Cool Physical Therapy, 5000 Ellinghouse Drive, Suite 100, Cool.
• Safeway parking lot, 1020 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
The Prescription Drug Take Back service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Remember to black out personal information on the containers, such as the patient’s name.
Needles, sharps, liquid medications and household waste will not be accepted, only pills and patches. To learn about the collection/disposal opportunities available for liquids, sharps and household hazardous waste contact the El Dorado County Environmental Management Division at (530) 621-5300.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (more than 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by thousands of state and local law enforcement partners with DEA. When those results are combined with what was collected in the seven previous Take Back events, more than 3.4 million pounds of pills have been disposed of nationwide.
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 U.S. 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 — pose potential safety and health hazards.
New regulations are in the works that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the U.S. Attorney General to accept them. The act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.