Sheriff John Anderson announced last week the Madera County Sheriff's Office will provide two drop off sites when the department hosts its third Take Back Drug event scheduled for April. Drop-offs will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 26 at the Madera County Sheriff's main office at 14143 Road 28 in Madera, or the Madera Sheriff's Oakhurst office on 48267 Liberty Drive. Both drop-off locations will provide easy access and available parking to the public.
"This is a free public service we offer to all Madera County citizens, schools, and assisted living centers who need a safe and secure location to turn in unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs," said Sheriff Anderson.
The Madera County Sheriff's Office hosts this event twice annually in spring and fall.This past October, the Madera County Sheriff's Office collected 250 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.
This program protects the anonymity of all citizens who wish to dispose of their controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made to anyone dropping off unwanted, unused or expired medicines.
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, 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 tightly sealed in their original container. Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood borne pathogens.
Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. Drugs are to be placed in designated drop boxes that will be set up in both Oakhurst and Madera. 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.