Drug dropoff dates set in April

By Union Democrat staff March 29, 2013 11:37 am

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, the YES Partnership and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to help local residents safely dispense of their unused prescription medications.

A special prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at The Junction Shopping Center on Mono Way, Sonora. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., people can bring their unused or expired medication to a drop-off location near the Sheriff’s Community Service Unit and Barely Quilting.

Participants will be able to dispose of the drugs safely and confidentially, according to an announcement for the event released by Tuolumne County, and the drugs will be destroyed in an environmentally sound manner.

Non-medical prescription drug use is second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the country, and most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from home medicine cabinets. When such medication is thrown in the trash or down the toilet, it can contaminate the environment.