New Drop-off Sites for Unneeded Medications

August  13, 2013

The Napa Safe Medication Collection Program has expanded the number of local sites where residents can dispose of unneeded medications.  Beginning in July 2013, community members will be able to drop off unneeded medications at Family Drug and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices, in addition to Clinic Ole drop-off site, which has been in operation since 2010. These new sites will make safe medication disposal more convenient and result in safer water in the Napa River and the Bay.

Most people don’t know how to dispose of drugs that are outdated or no longer needed, and common wisdom has been to flush them down the toilet. “To protect our environment we need to be acutely aware of the effect we have on it,” points out Jim Keller, Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager for the Napa Sanitation District. “Collection of expired or unwanted drugs at community collection sites will result in their proper disposal and help protect water quality.”

The Napa Safe Medication Collection Program is a partnership between Napa Sanitation District and the City of Napa, with collaboration from Clinic Ole, Family Drug and Kaiser Permanente. “Sponsoring a medication collection site is completely voluntary,” points out Tim Healy NSD General Manager. “We really appreciate Clinic Ole, Family Drug and Kaiser Permanente stepping up to offer this important community service.”

“Our staff is really excited about being able to offer this service,” says Tom Gracia, owner and pharmacist for Family Drug. “We get lots of questions from our customers about how they can safely dispose of medications, and now we have a great answer.”

Kaiser Permanente in Napa fills about 700 prescriptions each day, providing a great opportunity for education about proper medication disposal. "Kaiser Permanente is pleased to work with Napa Sanitation and City of Napa on this project," said Lyn Howard, site coordinator for Kaiser Permanente's medical offices in Napa. "We share a common commitment to serving the community and such a collection program is not only beneficial to our members but to everyone in Napa who wants to dispose of unwanted medicines in a safe manner."

 

Napa Safe Medication Collection Sites 2013

Family Drug

1805 Old Sonoma Road, Napa

(707) 224-7807

Open M –F, 9:30 am – 6 pm

Sat., 9:30 am – 5 pm

Kaiser Permanente

1675 Permanente Way, Napa

(707) 258-2500

Open M – F, 10 am – 6 pm

Clinic Ole

1141 Pear Tree Lane, Napa

(707) 245-1770

Please call clinic for hours.

 

In addition, residents can drop off medications at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 889 Devlin Road in American Canyon, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

“The ultimate goal is to have Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where the producer is responsible for the disposal costs of a hazardous product, in this case pharmaceuticals,” notes Kevin Miller, City of Napa’s Recycling Manager. “There’s current legislation pending that would establish such a statewide EPR program for pharmaceuticals, but in the meantime we want to ensure that unneeded medications are out of the house where they could be stolen or abused, and safely disposed instead. More convenient and responsible handling of these products means safer neighborhoods and that should be important to everyone in our community.”




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