Salt Lake City

Mayor Urges Residents to Dispose of Unused, Expired Medications


April 25, 2013
Contact: Abbie Vianes

Mayor Urges Residents to Dispose of Unused, Expired Medications
Drug Take Back Day aimed at helping to protect the community and environment    
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies to host Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Abbie Vianes, director of the Mayor's Coalition, notes that studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Frequently, those medications are found in home medicine cabinets. Vianes said it is also common for people to flush unused medication down the toilet–a practice that has led to contamination issues in municipal water treatment facilities.

“Safely disposing of expired and unused medications is an important step we can all take to help protect our community,” said Mayor Becker. “I encourage residents to check their medicine cabinets and participate in the Drug Take Back event on Saturday.”
 Two collection sites will be available to residents during the event, including the east entrance of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street and the parking lot of the Smiths’s Food and Drug at 1174 W. 600 North in Salt Lake City. Residents will be able to drive through at either location to drop off their unused medications for incineration.
The Salt Lake City Mayor's Coalition is a proactive force promoting healthy life choices and working to create a community free from the harm caused by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. For more information, visit