(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article on Examiner.com)
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to Jason Ramos, spokesperson for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. “Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards,” he said.
And while teen addiction has been linked to easy access from medicine cabinets (via texting it is easy to trade the prescription pills without detection), SafeKids World Wide points to serious hazards for tiny tots as well. According to SafeKids, 1.3 million calls are made to poison centers in 2013, and 49% are related to medication; 83 percent of those calls were the result of kids getting into medication not intended for them. Fifty-three percent of the calls overdose calls were for kids aged one to two years.
One way to keep kids safe is to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency and collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be three collection sites within the Sheriff’s jurisdiction:
- Sheriff’s Garfield Station, 5510 Garfield Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841
- Sheriff’s Florin Station, 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823
- Rancho Cordova Police, 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Collection sites will accept any medicines in capsule and tablet form brought in for disposal. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Other substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
For more details, or to find a collection site near you, please visit: National Drug Take Back Day
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