Sheriff’s Station to participate in annual drug take-back

Participants of last year's October Prescription Drug Take Back Day stand beside boxes of returned drugs. Photo courtesy of SCV Sheriff Station

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is hosting a free curbside “Prescription Drug Take Back” on Saturday, April 27.

In partnership with Ralph’s Pharmacy, residents are invited to anonymously drop off unwanted, unused or expired medications to the Sheriff’s Station for disposal, according to station officials.

Participants are asked to put medications in a sealed bag for drop-off while needles and other sharps should be disposed of in the disposal receptacle that is located in front of the station. Sheriff’s officials cannot accept liquids at this event.

The event is in honor of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day that aims to give the public a convenient and safe way to dispose of pharmaceuticals.

Improper disposal of unused medications, such as throwing it in the trash or flushing it down the toilet, can lead to residue in our water and other environmental damage that can be hazardous to public safety and health, according to officials.

Proper disposal can eliminate not only that but also reduce the risk of unauthorized access to prescription drugs and prevent misuse, abuse or accidental poisoning.

In 2017, an estimated 18 million people have misused prescription medications at least once in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, located at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital also has a medication disposal container, located in the main lobby of the hospital, where medication can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The hospital is located at 23845 McBean Parkway in Valencia.

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