Solano County

Solano communities to host prescription drug take-back events

By From page A3 | April 10, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Residents in communities across the county will have a chance to safely dispose of any expired, outdated or otherwise unneeded prescription medications – for free – April 26 as part of a countywide take-back campaign.

The prescription take-back event will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medications will be accepted anonymously, with no questions asked.

Prescription pills, liquids and creams can be dropped for safe disposal. Participants are asked to remove all personal information. Pills can be brought in lockable plastic bags. All liquids and creams must be sealed.

Needle waste will not be collected, but residents can go to http://Recycle.SolanoCounty.com for dropoff sites. Local medical facilities are equipped to accept medical sharps all year.

Dropoff locations are:

  • Suisun City Police Department, 701 Civic Center Blvd., 421-7373.
  • Travis Air Force Base Exchange Pharmacy, 461 Skymaster Blvd., 423-5345.
  • Vacaville Police Department, 660 Merchant St., 469-4707.
  • Vallejo Police Department, 111 Amador St., Vallejo, 648-4080.
  • Solano County Sheriff Coroner’s Office, 520 Clay St., Fairfield, 784-7500.
  • Benicia Police Department, 200 E. L St., Benicia, 746-4268.
  • Dixon Police Department, 201 W. A St., Dixon, 678-7070.
  • Rio Vista Police Department, 50 Poppy House Road, Rio Vista, 374-6366.

A prescription take-back in Suisun City last year brought in about 227 pounds of unwanted medicines, according to the city. The county reports that the program has collected more than 4,000 pounds of expired and unused medications since 2007.

Prescription drug take-back events allow residents to remove medications from their homes that could be abused by other family members, according to take-back organizers. Disposing of these drugs through the sewer system risks polluting local marshes and waterways because the treatment process cannot remove pharmaceuticals from the water before it is released.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 09, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    The Sewer Soon Porkers should be out patrolling for burglars, drug dealers, truants, and other n'eerdowells instead of hanging out eating donuts at the Station House waiting for seniors to bring them drugs that they will probably steal and divert to illegal use anyway!

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  • Debbie GanthnerApril 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Oh there he is Mr. Cheerful.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    I'm sorry to hear about Billy's brother passing Debby. My deepest sympathy.

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