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Date(s) - 09/27/2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm



The next Calaveras County “Drop the Drugs” event is coming up on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four locations around the county, including the new Sheriff’s Department in San Andreas. Community members can prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug theft and abuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or illegal drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked; but collection sites are not equipped to receive sharps (needles.)

“Drop the Drugs” sites are parking lots at:
Feeney Park , Murphys
Calaveras County Office of Education, Angels Camp
Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department, San Andreas
Toyon Middle School, Valley Springs

Prescription drug misuse is 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, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety, environmental, and health hazards. Returning unused drugs to law enforcement agencies for destruction is the most environmentally appropriate method of disposal.
“Drop the Drugs” events are sponsored by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, Angels Camp Police Department, Calaveras County Office of Education, Calaveras County Behavioral Health Service, and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Calaveras County has hosted semi-annual drug disposal days since Spring 2010 and in that time, the Sheriff’s office has removed almost 1,200 pounds of drugs from our community.
Community members who cannot attend the event can drop off drugs during business hours at a permanent Drug Drop Box that has been installed at the new Sheriff’s office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas, CA.
For more information regarding the “Drop the Drugs” day on September 27 and the safe disposal of unused medicines, the public may contact Deputy Josh Shemenski at 209-754-6386. For more information about the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, contact Michael Magana, Calaveras County Public Health Department, at 209-754-6019.