Drug take-back program

— Madera County Sheriff's OfficeOctober 15, 2013 

The Madera County Sheriff's Office will host its second Take Back Drug event on Saturday, Oct. 26. This service is available to all county-wide residents including schools and assisted living centers currently operating in the county.

The goal is to allow Madera County citizens to deliver all 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.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected. The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status.

This program protects the anonymity of all citizens who wish to dispose their medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made to anyone dropping off unwanted, unused or expired medicines.

Collection day protocols include:

Participants may dispose of medications in its original container or by removing the medication from original containers and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual is encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products 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, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by bloodborne pathogens.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel will handle such material as abandoned property in accordance with drug policies.

All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel will not handle the medications at any time.

No hazardous materials or waste, firearms, or any other items other than pharmaceuticals will be accepted or disposed of at the collection sites.

The event will be held from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. at the Madera Sheriff's Oakhurst office located at 48267 Liberty Drive.

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