Free Drug Drop Off Event at Senior Center

Public invited to bring old meds for disposal, or exchange old mercury thermometers for new digital ones.

Anyone can safely dispose of unused or expired drugs by bringing them to the from 1 to 3 p.m., next Tuesday, Sept. 20.

"We are accepting all drugs that are no longer needed," said Teresa Mo, recreation coordinator for the center, located at 21251 Stevens Creek Boulevard.

"Also, if people still have mercury thermometers, they can bring them in to exchange for digital ones," she added.

The free drop off is being held in conjunction with the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department.   

The U.S. Geological Survey and the San Francisco Bay Estuary Institute have found small amounts of prescription drugs in San Francisco Bay. The medications pose a potential threat to the growth and reproduction of aquatic organisms, such as fish and frogs.

Some of these drugs enter the Bay waters because the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant is not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds, acccording to officials.

"Dropping them off with us is the best solution," said Mo.

The event is open to the public, but parking requires a temporary permit from the Senior Center office.



thorisa yap September 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Love this...thanks Cupertino Patch and the author,Paul Lukes for the story.


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