MADERA COUNTY – Area inhabitants looking for a safe way to dispose of unwanted medications may note that Madera County Sheriff’s Department is hosting its annual fall Drug Take-Back.
For the convenience of all County residents and business owners, the Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted and/or unused drugs in both the foothills and the valley.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Drug Take-Back will be held in Oakhurst at the Sheriff’s Office located at 48267 Liberty Drive, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At the same time, in Madera, residents can drop off unwanted medications to the Sheriff’s Main Office located at 14143 Road 28.
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.
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 ever 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.