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April 30th, 2009
Residents urged to dispose unused meds at Saturday event

SUBMITTED REPORT

San Marcos residents will be able to safely dispose of expired or no longer used medicines in a special drive scheduled Saturday, May 2 sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the San Marcos Police Department and the City Public Services Department.

The “drive up and drop off event” will be held Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Police Department, 2300 I-35 South. Entrance to the Police Department is on the west access road a block south of the Wonder World Drive intersection. Signs will direct drivers to the drop off location.

Home Instead Senior Care, SMPD and Public Services have scheduled Operation Medicine Cabinet to help San Marcos residents safely dispose of expired or no longer used prescription and over-the-counter medications.

San Marcos residents or their family caregivers can simply drive up to the location where officers will be on hand to oversee the drop-off of medications into secure containers. After the event all medications will be properly disposed of by the Police Department. Representatives from the Public Services Department will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions.

The program addresses several major community concerns, including protecting seniors and others from accidentally using expired medications and preventing potentially hazardous chemicals from contaminating community water resources.

“Operation Medicine Cabinet is a valuable community service that educates the public on how proper disposal not only protects loved ones from accidental ingestion, but also helps protect the environment,” said Carolyn Casey, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care agency that serves San Marcos.

“Residents often flush unwanted medications down the toilet or drain, but the local wastewater treatment system was not designed to remove these types of contaminants from our water resources. In addition, kids, pets and local wildlife can access medications that are carelessly thrown away in the trash,” said Casey.

“The San Marcos Police Department is pleased to partner with Home Instead Senior Care to bring Operation Medicine Cabinet to our community”, said San Marcos Police Commander Terry Nichols. “This is a win-win event for not only our citizens, but our environment as well,” said Nichols.

For information about Operation Medicine Cabinet contact Pete Goodwin at (830) 624-8380 or San Marcos Police Commander Terry Nichols at (512) 753-2101.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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