Around the country this Saturday, the DEA is sponsoring National Take Back Day to collect unwanted or expired prescriptions. Oddly enough, the no questions asked take back event does not include illicit drugs. This is the time to clear out the medicine cabinet to get rid of everything that has gone bad or is no longer needed.
There are many good reasons to get rid of unwanted meds, including protecting the environment from improper disposal to making sure kids don’t get into them, and the take back day makes it easier to properly dispose of them. Some spots are set up for year-round disposal, including the Redwood City Sheriff’s Dept., but that does make it easy. In Redwood City, the parking is difficult, then to enter the building is generally a line with a security check. It’s not something that is easy to do with kids.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., many sites will be designed for a quick drive up drop off, including the San Carlos Library. The San Mateo Police Dept. have a bin outside their front doors for disposal. Very easy. Check the DEA website for a disposal location near you.