El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will again partner with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28.
This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs. Three sites will be available where these drugs can be disposed of free with no questions asked. The hours of collection will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Sheriff’s El Dorado Hills Substation — 4354 Town Center Drive, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills
• Sheriff’s main office — 300 Fair Lane, Placerville
• Buffalo Hill Center — 6049 Front St., Georgetown
This event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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, especially from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, we are now advised that the 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.
To date, a combined total of nearly 500 tons of medication has been removed from circulation during the first three take-back events.
“The vast amount of medications collected during these events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs,” said DJ Peterson, executive director of the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition for Safe, Healthy, and Drug Free Youth. “We have been at the forefront of this effort in our community as reducing youth access to drugs is one of our major goals. In addition to this take back day, we are working to have several convenient daily disposal sites strategically located in our community by the end of this year.”
To learn more about the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition and preventing and reducing youth access to drugs, alcohol and tobacco visit www.edhVisionCoalition.org or call (916) 941-8482.