Safely Dispose of Your Medications on May 16!

Attention Lodi Area Community Members: This is your opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired medications by bringing them to the Lodi Police Station on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  This is a FREE service for our community!  Please leave the medication in its original container but cross out names while still keeping the name of the medication legible.

The following items will be accepted: Prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.  Please DO NOT bring these items: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), mercury thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

There are several reasons why it is important to safely dispose of unused drugs.  Did you know that medications flushed down the toilet may contaminate our lakes, streams and groundwater which causes harm to humans, wildlife and vegetation?  In addition, medications thrown in the trash can cause poisoning by accidental ingestion by young children, pets and even wildlife.

According to the TheFlyEffect.com, prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin are the primary gateway drugs to heroin use.  Nationally, The Partnership at Drugfree.org has found teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug has increased 33% over the past five years.  Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is growing throughout the U.S. and is negatively impacting millions of youth, adults and families. 

This program is being sponsored by LCAT and the Lodi Police Department.  Let’s all work together to create a healthy, safer community!