The Merced County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold their third Pill Take-Back Day Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Merced Sheriff's Office, 700 W. 22nd Street.
Residents can bring in any unwanted, unused expired medication. No questions will be asked, and you can remove any identification from the bottles if you wish, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
During the last event, people turned in more than 70 pountds of discarded medication for disposal. Laws and regulation limit how you may dispose of medication. It’s against health and safety codes, EPA laws to dispose of medication by throwing them away, flushing them down the toilet or burying them in the ground, according to the release. The only way to properly dispose of them is on a disposal day. All medications are turned into the DEA for proper disposal.
Prescribed medication is the No. 1 most abused drug in America, mostly by young adults and teens,according to the release. To help combat the problem, please bring in unused medication for disposal.--Sun-Star staff