California Association of Sanitation Agencies
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Three years ago this month, the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD) began a six month pilot program for the safe disposal of unused medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Working with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the Walnut Creek Police Department, the District set up three collection sites – in the Sheriff’s Operations Center and the County Regional Medical Center in Martinez and in the Walnut Creek City Hall.
- To reduce amount of drugs coming into wastewater treatment plants
- To reduce use of outdated meds and cases of accidental poisonings of the elderly
- To reduce teen prescription abuse
- To reduce amount of medications sent to landfill which will eventually leech into nearby waters
- An estimated 4 billion prescriptions are written each year; 40% of those drugs go unused
- There are only 294 collection sites in California by the end of 2010