Health & Medicine

Medicine collection bin available at Folsom Police Department

A medicine collection bin is available at the Folsom Police Department, allowing people to safely dispose of unused medications during the department’s business hours.

The bin, offered as part of the Don’t Rush to Flush program, is provided through funding from Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, the city of Folsom’s Household Hazardous Wast Program and the Rose Foundation.

“The ‘Don’t Rush to Flush’ program not only protects our waterways, but most importantly, the members of our community who already struggle with addiction,” Folsom police Chief Cynthia Renaud said in a written statement.

Officials estimate that nearly 40 percent of prescribed drugs are not taken and end up being stockpiled and improperly discarded, or flushed. They cite studies that have found up to 80 percent of streams in the Untied States have measurable concentrations of prescription drugs.

Police ask that people using the medication collection bin take pills out of their bottles and place them in baggies. Liquids and cremes should be left in their original containers. Syringes will not be accepted.

In addition to the Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma St., other collection sites in the Sacramento region are available at:

  • California State University, Sacramento, Student Health Services Pharmacy, 6000 J St., Sacramento.
  • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Central Division, 7000 65th St., Sacramento.
  • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, North Division, 5510 Garfield Ave., in the Foothill Farms area.
  • Rancho Cordova Police Department/Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department East Division, 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova.
  • Davis Compounding Solutions, 1205 Drake Drive, Suite C, Davis.
  • Eagle Drug, 101 Main St., Winters.

More information is available on the Don’t Rush to Flush website.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy