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Palo Alto Police Department installs drug disposal container

Palo Alto residents have another place to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. A new medication disposal bin has been installed in the lobby of the Palo Alto Police Department, located at 275 Forest Ave. in downtown.

The lobby is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No paperwork or identification is required and there is no fee for disposal, according to a press release from the police department.

Residents can dispose of any types of medication, including prescription drugs that are considered to be "controlled substances" like pain medicine. Loose pills should be put into a Ziploc plastic bag. Those already in blister packaging don't need to be removed from the packaging and can be deposited directly into the bin. Liquid medication and ointments can also be deposited directly into the bin.

Syringes, needles and and other skin-puncturing devices cannot be disposed of at this location, police said.

Empty medication bottles can go into curbside recycling containers.

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Other medication disposal bins located in Palo Alto include:

● Regional Water Quality Control Plant, at 2501 Embarcadero Road (includes accommodations for disposing of sharps waste and needles)

● Walgreens, at 300 University Ave. (Go to the pharmacy counter)

● Palo Alto Medical Foundation, at 795 El Camino Real (Go to the pharmacy counter)

The disposal bin was installed earlier this fall as part of a regional effort with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the California Product Stewardship Council, the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, and the City of Palo Alto as part of the "Don't Rush to Flush" campaign. The campaign, which launched in 2013, encourages residents to stop flushing unwanted medication so as to protect water quality and public health.

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Palo Alto Police Department installs drug disposal container

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 4:01 pm

Palo Alto residents have another place to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. A new medication disposal bin has been installed in the lobby of the Palo Alto Police Department, located at 275 Forest Ave. in downtown.

The lobby is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No paperwork or identification is required and there is no fee for disposal, according to a press release from the police department.

Residents can dispose of any types of medication, including prescription drugs that are considered to be "controlled substances" like pain medicine. Loose pills should be put into a Ziploc plastic bag. Those already in blister packaging don't need to be removed from the packaging and can be deposited directly into the bin. Liquid medication and ointments can also be deposited directly into the bin.

Syringes, needles and and other skin-puncturing devices cannot be disposed of at this location, police said.

Empty medication bottles can go into curbside recycling containers.

Other medication disposal bins located in Palo Alto include:

● Regional Water Quality Control Plant, at 2501 Embarcadero Road (includes accommodations for disposing of sharps waste and needles)

● Walgreens, at 300 University Ave. (Go to the pharmacy counter)

● Palo Alto Medical Foundation, at 795 El Camino Real (Go to the pharmacy counter)

The disposal bin was installed earlier this fall as part of a regional effort with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the California Product Stewardship Council, the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, and the City of Palo Alto as part of the "Don't Rush to Flush" campaign. The campaign, which launched in 2013, encourages residents to stop flushing unwanted medication so as to protect water quality and public health.

For more information, visit dontrushtoflush.org.

Comments

Elizabeth
Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:36 am
Elizabeth, Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:36 am
4 people like this

I'd be interested to know why any "service" offered for the residents of Palo Alto always seem to have a heavy coverage north of Oregon Expressway and never any opportunities south of there.

All the post offices are (we lost the last one down here when the Alma Plaza closed), and these drop offs.

I resent having to waste gas and time chasing up to the 'entitled' end of town.


Derp
Fairmeadow
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm
Derp, Fairmeadow
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm
7 people like this

I agree with your sentiment Elizabeth, but let's be honest: Palo Alto is entitled all over. Consider your own comment.

How many cities don't have medication disposal to start with?


Paul
Downtown North
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm
Paul, Downtown North
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm
1 person likes this

Ha. Entitled all over sounds right to me.


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm
2 people like this

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Crescent Park Dad
Crescent Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm
Crescent Park Dad, Crescent Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm
1 person likes this

Police HQ is where it is - it's not going to move anytime soon (until the new HQ is built --- and then it will be closer to you). Or would you prefer to have one of these boxes in the Mitchell Park Library?


Just passing through
South of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm
Just passing through, South of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm
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Well, given the horrible traffic and parking situation, I almost never go to Downtown PA. So, it is very unlikely I will go use that drop box there. It would actually be smart to also have a drop off spot in South PA, if they want people to use such a service.


parent
South of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm
parent, South of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm
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Because these drug disposal boxes can contain controlled substances (prescription narcotics, etc.), I think it is important (perhaps even required by law) for the boxes to be in location that is equipped to deal with these kinds of drugs. A police station is an obvious choice. Fire stations may sometimes be unstaffed (when the crew is on call). How about putting a box at the county court house (near California Ave)?

And why don't any drug stores in the city have these boxes? I have seen them at drug stores in San Francisco.


Unnecessary
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm
Unnecessary, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm
4 people like this

You can take your left over meds to Walgreen's, too, for disposal.


A
Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
A, Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
3 people like this

This is a fantastic service so quit bitching about it. Before you had to go to the Santa Clara sherrif's department to get rid of narcotic-like medicines. This is so close and convenient as it is at city hall with tons of parking. I have been waiting a long time for this service. Thanks PAPD!


better idea
College Terrace
on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm
better idea, College Terrace
on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm
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I simply place unused medications in a mortar, add vinegar, and stir. The medication dissolves (as it would in the acidic environment of your stomach) and can then be safely and easily disposed of in the regular trash.


A Proud Southie
Monroe Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm
A Proud Southie, Monroe Park
on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm
3 people like this

"I resent having to waste gas and time chasing up to the 'entitled' end of town."

As Curmudgeon's deleted post recommended, stop whining and do something positive about this phantom inferiority complex.


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