Lodi area community members will have another opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired medications by bringing them to the Lodi Police Station at 142 S Main on Saturday May 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The first drug round up was a huge success and we collected over 500 containers of medications. The Lodi Police Department will assume control of the drugs and they will be safely disposed of at no charge. Please leave the medication in its original container but cross out names while still keeping the name of the medication legible. There are numerous reasons why it is important to safely dispose of unused drugs:
-Medications flushed down the toilet may contaminate our lakes, streams and ground water causing harm to humans, wildlife and vegetation.
-Medications thrown in trash can cause poisoning by accidental ingestion by young children, pets and even wildlife.
- A survey of teenagers by the Partnership for Drug-Free America found that 1in 5 teens has tried Vicodin, and 1 in 10 have tried OxyContin, both powerful narcotic pain relievers. 1 in 10 teens has abused cough medicine. One of the most common means for young people to obtain drugs is by getting them from grandparent’s medicine cabinets
-Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is growing throughout the U.S. and is negatively impacting millions of youth, adults and families.
What can you bring?
All prescription and over the Counter medication will be accepted including: pills, spray, liquids capsules, inhalers, ointments, patches, and creams.
This program is being sponsored by: LCAT; Lodi Community Action Team, LATV; Lodi Area Teen Vision, Lodi Leadership Council in LHS, and the Lodi Police Department.
Let’s all work together to create a healthy safer community.