The event, held October 26 at the Suisun City Police Department, was a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Suisun City Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Task Force, the Solano County Integrated Waste Management Task Force and the Suisun City Police Cadets.
The DEA and local police partners sponsor these drug take back events to help residents remove medications from their homes that have outlived their medical purposes or are expired. Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse nationally are rising, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Many abusers get their supply of drugs from the medicine cabinets of relatives.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day also addresses the environmental and health risks of disposing of pharmaceuticals. Expired prescription medicines cannot be flushed into the sewer system or buried in a landfill without risking significant damage to native ecosystems and water supplies. Because these compounds cannot be removed from sewage by treatment, any present in treated wastewater is released into local waterways.