SUISUN CITY — Organizers of a prescription drugs collection event Saturday in Suisun City braced themselves for a busy afternoon as the morning business continued.
Members of the Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention Coalition, along with police cadets and officers, helped staff the drop-off station for the take-back day in the Police Department’s parking lot.
The event takes all prescription drugs, including pills and creams, for incineration. Needles are also collected. Converge Medical Solutions was hired this year to take the medication for incineration.
Cathy Rader, the Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention program coordinator, said they expected good community participation during the event.
“We’ve gotten lots of phone calls since yesterday when the article ran in the paper,” she said Saturday. “I expect we will be swamped this afternoon.”
Rader took time to explain the purpose of Saturday’s collection event, and those like them. The collection events have both environmental and safety components.
“It is important for people to get rid of their medications properly,” Rader said. “Don’t drop it down the sink or in the toilet.”
One of the problems with not getting rid of unused medications is that children can get into them, and teenagers have begun using prescription drugs as recreational drugs, Rader said.
A program participant echoed those concerns.
“I’m getting rid of prescription drugs my husband had used before he passed away. He was sick with renal failure so he had a ton of drugs. I can’t see keeping them,” said Ann Short of Suisun City. “Don’t throw them in the garbage. We want to keep these drugs out of the hands of kids,” Short said.
Officials from Covered California were also at the event to help people enroll in a health care plan under the federal Affordable Care Act, if they had a life-changing event.
The next prescription collection event is planned for sometime in October. It will take place at police stations across Solano County. Another countywide event is scheduled in April 2015.
“We will get the word out there when it comes around again,” Rader said.
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