How to safely ditch old meds

Sonoma Valley residents can drop off their unwanted, potentially harmful medicine on Monday, September 16, at Vintage House, 264 First Street East, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“Safe Medicine Round Up Week” includes four other locations around the county.

Safe disposal of pharmaceuticals is important. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants and are discharged to surface waters.

It also protect young children from accidental poisonings. Colorful pills and packaging can be attractive to young children. About 165 young children − or roughly four school bus loads of children − are seen in U.S. emergency rooms each day after getting into medications.

Also, unused and readily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused, especially by teens. Prescription medications are the most commonly abused substance in the U.S.

Items accepted at the drop off locations include:

◦Prescription and over-the-counter -pills and capsules
◦Liquid medications, including ointments, lotions and creams (in sealed containers please!)
◦Veterinary medications
◦Vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies
◦Medical patches
◦Inhalers (empty)
◦Medical samples

Items not accepted:

◦Controlled substances
◦IV bags
◦Bloody or infectious waste
◦Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.)
◦Aerosol cans
◦Epi-pens and other needles/sharps
◦Thermometers
◦Illegal drugs
◦Medical marijuana
◦Any other waste or medication not listed under “Items Accepted”

For more information, please visit Safemedicinedisposal.org.


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