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Atascadero Police Department
Thursday September 23rd, 2010 :: 11:05 a.m. PDT


APD now accepting unused prescription medications for proper destruction via "Operation Medicine Cabinet".

APD is now accepting unused prescription drugs for proper destruction as part of a county-wide initiative. There are two main objectives of the program:

Reduce the opportunity for abuse of certain drugs, primarily by teens.
Reduce the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals on ground water supplies.

Private citizens can deposit their prescription medication directly into the secure white metal box at APD (see photo). The box is monitored 24 hrs a day, however, no contact with PD employees is necessary. Medication can be left in the original bottles. Personal information can be removed prior to deposit if desired. The medications and the containers will subsequently be incinerated at the appropriate facility. Please no sharps or syringes. Most pharmacies will accept these objects.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is disposing of all drugs deposited through this Saturday as part of their National Take Back Initiative. However, the program will continue indefinitely as future disposal will be coordinated between local agencies and the SLO Sheriff's Office.

Questions can be directed to Ryan Enfantino, APD Property and Evidence Technician at 805.470.3264.

The Sheriff's Office media release is below for those interested-

"Operation Medicine Cabinet"
Prescription drug drop-off boxes now available throughout the County
San Luis Obispo - County residents looking for a place to dispose of their unwanted household medications now have 10 drop-off points located at each police and sheriff station throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Look for the BIG WHITE BOX. The seven police departments and the County Sheriff’s Department have installed secure drop-boxes at each location which allow residents to safely dispose of all types of unwanted medications, including prescription and over the counter drugs, without the fear of them getting into the wrong hands or damaging the environment.
The 10 drop boxes were provided and installed by the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority. Police and Sheriff's staff will collect, package, document and transport the collected mediations to an approved disposal facility. Please leave medication in original or sealed containers. This program is for home generated medications and is not for commercial business use.
There are four primary reasons to remove the medications from the household:
1. Youth Abuse
• Every day 2,500 kids ages 12 to 17 try painkillers for the first time.
• 1 in 3 teen’s report having a close friend who abuses prescription drugs including cough medicine.
2. Accidental Child Ingestions
• Each year accidental poisoning from medications is the 4th most common cause of death in children under five years old.
3. Improper or Accidental use by Adults
• Expired medications pose health risks.
• Seniors mistakenly take the wrong medication.
4. Pollution
• Current sewage treatment methods do not eliminate medical waste.
• Disposing of medications in the trash can pollute groundwater.

Residents can drop off unwanted medication at the following Police Stations:
• Arroyo Grande 200 N. Halcyon Road
• Atascadero 5505 El Camino Real
• Grover Beach 711 Rockaway Ave.
• Morro Bay 850 Morro Bay Blvd.
• Paso Robles 900 Park St.
• Pismo Beach 1000 Bello St.
• San Luis Obispo 1042 Walnut St.

and Sheriff Patrol Stations:
• Los Osos 2099 10th St.
• Oceano 1681 Front St.
• Templeton 356 N. Main St.

Steve Gesell, Police Commander
Atascadero Police Department
Ofc. 805.470.3216 Mbl. 805.591.0647

Atascadero Police Department
5505 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-470-5050

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