Thursday, May 31, 2018

Community partnerships bring safe medicine disposal to Amador County

Sutter Health partners with the California Product Stewardship Council to Provide Permanent Safe Medication Take Back Bins

Jackson, CA – While medications can provide many solutions for our health, they can also negatively impact the well-being of our community and environment if improperly disposed of. Previously, Amador County residents had nowhere to dispose of unwanted medications, but a new Rose Foundation grant has funded three new safe medicine take-back bins, two located in the City of Ione and one at Jackson Police Department. Sutter Health and Sutter Amador Hospital have contributed $3,500 to support the bins disposal costs and is helping you get rid of those unused prescription and expired over-the-counter medications in a free and safe way.

“Providing year-round convenient disposal options provides several benefits to the community including removing medicines from the homes that can fuel the prescription drug epidemic and related crime, preventing poisonings of children and pets, and protects water quality,” stated Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC). “I encourage everyone to visit to find a permanent drop off location for their unwanted people or pet medicines.”

Flushing unused medications down toilets and drains is unsafe. Without year-round collection locations for medicines, residents had few or no options to properly dispose of their unwanted medications. These new medicine take back bins encourage and allow the public to dispose of half used and old medications safely.

According to a 2016 John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Survey, 60.6% of adults who had used prescription painkillers in the previous year reported having leftover pills. It has been found that 40.6% of adults that misused prescription opioids obtained them for free from friends or relatives. Securely storing medications at home is also important in reducing  access to medications by children, helping to eliminate prescription drug abuse.

“The new medicine collection bins allow Amador County residents to safely dispose of their unwanted medications for free,” said Denise Sammons, Quality Director at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Proper disposal of unused prescription medicines will keep them out of the hands of children and out of waterways making large strides in keeping our communities, our families and our environment safer.”

Denise Sammons, SAH Quality Director
By providing safe and convenient disposal opportunities for unused medications, Don’t Rush to Flush is taking the first step towards pollution prevention and helping to protect families and the community by getting pharmaceuticals out of homes and out of the hands of our children.

Amador County Safe Medicine Take Back Locations:

Collection Site
Ione Pharmacy
307 Preston Avenue, Ione
(209) 274-2432
Ione Police Department
1 E. Main Street, Ione
(209) 274-2456
Jackson Police Department
33 Broadway #D, Jackson
(209) 223-1771


The CPSC is a non-profit based in Sacramento that developed and administers the Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin We All Win campaign, which was established using grant funding from the Rose Foundation to protect communities and the environment. CPSC, in collaboration with the Rose Foundation and other public-private partnerships such as with Sutter Amador Hospital, has placed 46 medicine collection bins throughout California that accept controlled and non-controlled medications from the public, free-of-charge, and collected over 13 tons of medications!
   California Product Stewardship Council educates both the public and private sectors about Product Stewardship and works closely partners with business, jurisdictions, waste and recycling companies, manufacturers and others to promote and encourage sustainable practices and to recognize those companies who are taking a leadership role in participating in waste reduction. CPSC has led the charge for manufacturers to share responsibility for their products at end-of-life, and to have the drug companies’ fund, implement and promote safe medicine disposal programs. For more information, please go to:
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity that gives grants to community-based organizations. Grantmaking programs support community-based projects and organizations that are building long-term solutions that benefit people, the environment and the economy. For more information, please go to:
Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin We All Win Campaign was developed by CPSC using grant funds to promote safe medicine storage and disposal and prevent the flushing and trashing of unwanted medications. For more information, please go

Sutter Amador Hospital is part of the Sutter Health network, a not-for-profit, community-based health system located throughout Northern California. The 52-bed hospital is the only hospital in Amador County serving a population of more than 40,000. Sutter Amador Hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission as a primary Stroke Center and provides comprehensive services including 24-hour emergency care, critical care, diagnostic imaging, infusion services, a family birth center, surgery, orthopedics and laboratory services. For more information on Sutter Amador Hospital visit

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