SUISUN CITY — Residents in communities across the county will have a chance to safely dispose of any expired, outdated or otherwise unneeded prescription medications – for free – April 26 as part of a countywide take-back campaign.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