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Event calling for drug drop-offs

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A national event will allow residents to dispose of unwanted medications Sept. 25. Locally, the Medication Take-back Day is a partnership between the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Coalition for Placer Youth and the Placer County Youth Commission. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Auburnites can drop off prescriptions, including controlled substances, over-the-counter drugs and veterinary drugs in the parking lot behind City Hall on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. In Loomis, residents can make drop offs at the Placer County Sheriff Substation at 6140 Horseshoe Bar Road. In Colfax medications will be collected at the Sheriff Substation at 33 North Main Street. The goal of the take-back event is to keep drugs out of local waterways and the hands of those who might abuse them, according to Anne Staines, awareness and media co-chairwoman for the Coalition for Placer Youth. “The broad objective is to be able to take unused prescription medications that are sitting in people’s medicine cabinets and dispose of them properly,” Staines said. “It’s important that they not be flushed down the toilet because there are so many chemicals ending up in our water supply.” For more information call (530) 889-7238. For the city of Auburn call Megan Siren at (530) 823-4211 ext. 145. ~Bridget Jones