October 21, 2013

Bring Us Your Unwanted or Expired Medicines

The Santa Cruz Police Department would like to remind the community about our on-going prescription drug take-back program.  This program, offered by the Santa Cruz Police Department, provides a no-cost, anonymous collection point for unwanted or expired medicines.  We have a secure, self-service collection bin in our public lobby that is available to community members Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Simply bring your unwanted or expired medicines to the police department during the hours that our public lobby is open and use the self-service bin which is clearly marked and located in the left-hand corner of the front lobby as you face the front counter.

Now is a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet.  It is important to protect our children, families and the environment by properly disposing of unwanted or expired medicines.  Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters.  Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high.  Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.

Please take advantage of the Santa Cruz Police Department’s no cost, anonymous collection point for your unwanted or expired medicines.  Together, we can make Santa Cruz safer for all of us!