In the span of just four hours Shasta County residents turned in over 600 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted medication on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday.
The 614 pounds of medications collected exceeded last years’ amount by 104 pounds, bringing the total of the last seven years the county has conducted the take-back to more than one ton. The event was hosted by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, the Shasta County health and Human Services Agency-Public Health, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
“We want to thank everyone who helped prevent the abuse of medications and contamination of our waterways by bringing their unused and/or expired medications for proper disposal,” said Stasia Pringle, Community Educations Specialist for Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. “More than 50% of people who abuse medications get them for free from family and/or friends. It is important to handle the disposal of medications properly so they do not get into the hands of someone who may abuse them and so they do not enter our waterways.”
To learn more about medication abuse and other methods of disposal, visit www.shastahhsa.net and www.thinkagainshasta.info