CLEARFIELD -- Several local and state agencies and community organizations are partnering with a prescription drug "take-back" event to prevent increased pill abuse, theft and harm to the environment.
Clean out the medicine cabinet collection sites will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith's Food and Drug Store locations throughout Davis County, in addition to Macey's in Clinton and the Base Exchange and Commissary on Hill Air Force Base.
The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, Davis County Health Department officials said.
"While we have permanent medication collection boxes in the lobbies of most of our police departments, this event provides another opportunity and reminder for families to clean out their medicine cabinets and have the drugs safely destroyed," Bountiful City Police Chief Tom Ross said.
Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, which can pose potential safety and health hazards impacting the environment, Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said.
Event sponsors are Davis Behavioral Health, the health department, Davis County law enforcement agencies, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Poison Control Center, Davis HELPS coalition and Layton's and Bountiful's Communities That Care groups.
To locate permanent disposal bins, call 1-800-458-0145 or visit www.useonlyasdirected.org.