[Pharmwaste] Sheriff's program gives drugs the drop

Lucy, Burke Burke.Lucy at CalRecycle.ca.gov
Thu Jan 6 15:33:16 EST 2011


Here's one problem with law enforcement collecting drugs...

Sheriff's program gives drugs the drop
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/news/tn-vsl-drugdrop-20110106,0,6578684.story

"...the program has proven so popular that it's forced sheriff's officials to outsource disposal to another department, and has prompted suspicions that medical clinics - not private residents for whom the program was intended - are taking advantage of the free service.  The Safe Drug Drop-Off program allows residents to anonymously dispose of drug-related waste in modified mailbox containers that stand outside 20 sheriff's department stations throughout the county...More than 13,500 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected last year at the various stations..."

I think law enforcement stations tend to place their collection bins outside or in lobbies whereas other types of programs tend to keep them inside.  I've only heard of the problem of medical clinics potentially using the drop boxes from a few law enforcement program managers.

Mr. Burke Lucy
Integrated Waste Management Specialist
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
1001 I Street, PO Box 4025
Sacramento, CA 95812
Burke.Lucy at CalRecycle.ca.gov
916.341.6592 (recently changed)

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