MADERA COUNTY – The numbers are in and Sheriff John Anderson says this past weekend’s Take Back Drug event was a great success.
On Saturday, Apr. 26, the Sheriff’s Office collected 127 pounds of unwanted drugs. The purpose of the event is to collect unused, unwanted or expired medications and destroy them in a non-hazardous manner, making sure none of these drugs get into the wrong hands.
Sheriff Anderson also said that the media was instrumental in helping to spread the word about this free public service that provides a safe and secure location to turn in unwanted prescription and non prescription drugs.
“A good number of those who showed up reside elsewhere in the Central Valley,” said Anderson. “Our office received requests from folks in neighboring counties asking permission to dispose of their unwanted drugs even though they don’t reside in our county. Our answer, of course, was yes.”
This was the sheriff’s third take-back drug event. It is also an opportunity to promote pill abuse prevention and theft by providing a safe place for citizens, schools and senior centers to throw away potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs safely.