Free Access To Safe Medication Disposal Site
San Bernardino County residents have a new location to dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications in Apple Valley. Thanks to a grant from CVS Health’s Medications Disposal for Safer Communities program, a drug collection unit has been installed in the Apple Valley Police Department’s front lobby located at 14931 Dale Evans Parkway. This safe and environmentally friendly drop-off unit is free to all residents and available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
“The Town of Apple Valley is pleased to offer an additional resource for the public to safely dispose of their unused prescription medications,” said Town spokesperson Gina Whiteside. “Citizens that cannot drop off their medications during the week may still bring them to the Town’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off location that is open on Saturdays.”
In September 2017, the Apple Valley Police Department announced that they had received the grant on behalf of the Town of Apple Valley. More than 600 drug collection units have been installed in police departments across the nation and more than 100,000 pounds of unwanted medications have been safely disposed of through the CVS Health program. According to a Partnership for Kids study, more than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinets. Reducing the amount of unneeded medications in resident’s homes will help decrease potential drug abuse.
Promoting medication safety is a priority for Town Councilman Curt Emick. Councilman Emick also serves as the Town's representative on the San Bernardino Council of Governments a sister agency to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. Serving more than 2.1 million residents of SB County, its mission is to enhance the quality of life for all residents of San Bernardino County.
“This free service addresses issues related to public health, public safety and ground water protection,” said Councilman Emick. “Safe disposal will allow residents to reduce access to unneeded medications and decrease the potential for drug abuse. This environmentally friendly service will also help protect our precious water supply.”
Residents may contact the Apple Valley Police Department for more information on the new Apple Valley Drug Collection Unit site at (760) 240-7400.