Tuolumne County "Drop the Drugs" event 2012
Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties want to help you drop the drugs. They will both be having a "Drop the Drugs" event where you can rid your medicine cabinet of expired or unused prescription drugs. Sheriff's Officials say that prescription drugs are second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
Many people throw unused pills in the trash or flush them down the toilet, but Sheriff's officials say that creates a serious health risk.
Sgt. Chris Hewitt of Calaveras County explains, "It can contaminate the water supply. Also, the water gets recycled and that is just one more item the water treatment facilities have to deal with when treating the water for human use."
Also, Hewitt says pills thrown in the trash can be picked up by anyone and abused or sold on the street. He says the Drop the Drugs program is easy and puts the medicine in the right hands for proper disposal.
You can drop off your unwanted drugs on April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these sites in Calaveras County:
Feeney Park parking lot (Murphys)
Calaveras County Office of Education (Angels Camp)
Toyon Middle School parking lot (San Andreas)
Tuolumne County's drop off is on April 26th and 27th at the Junction Shopping Center on Mono Way in Sonora from 10a.m. to 2p.m.
In Calaveras County, the event is a joint effort by the Sheriff's Department and Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. In Tuolumne County, the Sheriff's Department, YES Partnership, and the DEA have teamed up for the event. There will be no questions asked at the drop off sights.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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