Agencies Collecting Prescription Drugs This Weekend
Sonora, CA — Citing the public safety concerns of failing to get rid of them, this weekend there is a coordinated effort to properly dispose of un-needed or expired prescription drugs.
On Saturday there will be a drop-site set up near the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Unit’s office in the Junction Shopping Center in Sonora. Groups helping include the sheriff’s office, Tuolumne County Public Health Department, Yes Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration. You can stop by between 10am-2pm to dispose of any drugs.
The sheriff’s office reports that non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the United States. A majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, with the home medicine cabinet being a notable source.
In Calaveras County, there will also be drop sites set up between 9am-noon at the Angels Camp Police Department at 200 Monte Verda Street and at Toyon Middle School at 3412 Double Springs Road. The Calaveras events are sponsored by the sheriff’s office, Angels Camp PD, Calaveras County Office of Education, Calaveras Behavioral Health Services and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention.