Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction, is sponsoring Siskiyou’s second Prescription Drug Take-Back Day of 2018 on Oct. 27.

A semiannual nationwide event, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is designed to address both public safety and public health issues surrounding the dangers of storing unused, unwanted or expired medicines in the home.

As stated in a SARA press release, “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose substantial environmental health hazards.”

The Oct. 27 event provides the public with the opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of medication. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted, including liquids and inhalers. Needles, syringes, and illicit substances (marijuana, methamphetamines, etc.) cannot be accepted.

Medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Dunsmuir Sheriff’s Substation – 5902 Dunsmuir Avenue

• Mt. Shasta Police Department – 303 N. Mt. Shasta Boulevard

• Weed Police Department – 550 Main Street

• Yreka Sheriff’s Office – 305 Butte Street

• Yreka Police Department – 412 W. Miner Street

• Luke’s Yreka Drug – 829 S. Main Street

• Etna Police Department – 448 Main Street

• Grenada Gardens Senior Living – 424 County Hwy. A12

• Dorris City Hall – 307 S. Main Street

• Tulelake Police Department – 470 C Street

• Happy Camp Sheriff’s Substation – 30 4 th Avenue

The drop-off process is described as “confidential and secure, and no questions will be asked.”

Six permanent drop-off boxes are currently installed throughout the county, and four more are to be installed in the near future.

It is the goal, according to the release, to have at least one permanent disposal box in each community in Siskiyou County.

“Thanks to the work of Lt. Darrell Frost, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be handling the ongoing maintenance and disposal for the boxes,” the release states.

For more information, please contact Lt. Frost at 530-841-2900 or Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction at info@siskiyouopioidsafety.org