Sheriff John D’Agostini will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day, promoted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, by setting up collection stations on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Many households may have unused or expired drugs and medications in their medicine cabinet. These drugs can become a safety hazard, placing children, teenagers and other members of your household at risk. Many types of prescription medications are also a tempting target for theft. There are many reasons to safely dispose of unused medicines:
• Medicines may lose their effectiveness after they have expired, and this can be dangerous to your health if you have certain medical conditions.
• The recommendations may have changed on some of your over-the-counter and prescription medicines. (For example, it is no longer recommended that children under 4 years of age take cough or cold medicines.)
• Leftover medicine can become a safety hazard to children, teenagers or other members of your household who do not understand the dangers of taking medicine not prescribed for them.
• Some prescription medicines such as painkillers can be removed from your home without your knowledge and contribute to your community’s drug abuse problem.
• It keeps medicines from entering streams and rivers when improperly disposed of.
It is important that medications are disposed of in a safe manner. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests that you do not flush expired or unwanted drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. In homes that use septic tanks, prescription and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into groundwater. In cities and towns where residences are connected to wastewater treatment plants, drugs poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet can pass through the treatment system and enter rivers and lakes. They may flow downstream to sources for community drinking water supplies. Water treatment plants are generally not equipped to routinely remove medicines.
Collection locations will be staffed by sheriff’s personnel on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:
• El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, 300 Fair Lane, Placerville
• El Dorado County Sheriff’s Substation, 4554 Town Center Blvd, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills
• Cool Physical Therapy, 5000 Ellinghouse, Suite 100, Cool.
Remove your personal identifying information from drug containers and then place them in a sealable bag before transporting them to a drop location.