HOLTVILLE — The City of Holtville installed a Safe Medication Disposal bin at the Fire Department on Fern Ave. in early February in conjunction with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.
The collective effort was made possible by Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program.
As per Rite Aid’s partners, the Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, is a public safety initiative focused on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse, and accidental poisoning among children and adolescents.
The Safe Medication Disposal Deposit’s disclaimer informs of the ability for the community to safely and anonymously dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are no longer needed or have expired, and any other item deemed to be hazardous or inappropriate.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications (including veterinary medications) are accepted. Several items are not accepted, including liquid, creamed, or powered medication; illegal or illicit drugs; syringes, sharps, or hypodermic needles; medical waste (bandages, wrappings, diabetic strips, etc.); medical instruments (thermometers, splints, etc.); prosthetic devices, ocular prosthesis, etc.; items containing bodily fluids or blood; bio-hazardous or infectious material; or medication bottles, containers, cartons, boxes, etc.
“We don’t want medication to be flushed down the sinks or toilets because it does a lot of harm to our environment and of course we don’t people just dumping them out and falling into the wrong hands,” said Holtville Fire Chief Alex Silva.
The Safe Medication Disposal container was donated to the City and placed in front of the Fire Department. The spot was selected to provide effective access, according to city officials.
“It was secured to the floor and remains under security surveillance (to deter tampering),” said Silva.
According to KidCents, The Rite Aid Foundation (incepted in 2001), has awarded nearly $39 million to nonprofit organizations. KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves.
Use of the Medication Disposal Bin by the community is voluntary, free, and anonymous. No information is collected from the community and no documentation is required.
“Through the KidCents portfolio, the Foundation tackles the toughest health and wellness challenges in (Rite Aid) communities, including chronic illness, child abuse, homeless shelters, food banks, therapeutic services, and more,” stated the Ritchies Aid Foundation.