The Madera County Sheriff's Office is set to host the Drug Enforcement Administration's 6th National Take Back Initiative next month, according to Sheriff John Anderson.
The goal of the program is to allow citizens to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe, secure, and non-hazardous manner potentially saving lives and protecting the ecosystem.
The sheriff's office will provide two drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27.
Those locations are:
Sheriff's Headquarters -- 14143 Road 28, Madera CA 93638
Sheriff's Substation -- 48267 Liberty Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644
All unwanted medications can be disposed of in secure collection boxes located at both drop-off sites. Drugs can be disposed of in their original containers. People who dispose medications in original containers are encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
None of the medication will be counted, inventoried, or logged by law enforcement. Nor will law enforcement handle any of the unwanted medication.
All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Last September, Madera County was among 107 agencies working with the DEA National Take Back Initiative. That collective effort brought in 23,329 pounds (more than 12 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public.