More than 200 pounds of drugs collected
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Apr 30, 2013 | 4619 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 200 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected at sites in Tracy and Mountain House during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 27.

According to Vivian Mendoza, a crime prevention specialist with the Tracy Police Department, 152 pounds of liquid and pill form medications were collected in Tracy, as well as three containers of bio-hazardous materials including syringes during the semi-annual, one-day event.

Mendoza said the amount collected was “half of what we did last time” during a collection in the fall.

The collection in Tracy was held in the parking lot of the former Department of Motor Vehicles, 324 E. 11th St.

Coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the program allows residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs free of charge.

Les Garcia, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, said that in Mountain House, deputies collected 50 pounds of pill and liquid prescription drugs at the Mountain House Community Center, 230 S. Sterling Dr.

The Mountain House collection was one of five sites open in San Joaquin County by the sheriff’s office, at which there were 383 pounds collected, Garcia said.

“I think it’s a popular program among citizens because it gives them a location to dispose of their prescription drugs as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or leaving them in the medicine cabinet where young family members can possibly take them and use them for recreational use at parties,” he said.

Information on upcoming collection dates and locations can be found at

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May 02, 2013
Too bad this was not published in the Press where it could have been easily seen. It may have been in the events section, but too often events get overlooked. Important events should be posted at least once on the front page with all the other “news!” It seems only bad news is posted on the front page; however, anything good or important as this is lost in the back web-pages. I have a very large box full of medication I’ve been wanting to dispose of safely.

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