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The Local News Hour - September 20, 2016

On today's Local News Hour, host Renai Bodley talks to Valley Behavioral Health director Dodi Wilson about Monday night's community forum on teen substance abuse and suicide prevention.  Then Scott Loomis, Executive Director of Mountainlands Community Housing, previews tomorrow's ribbon cutting of a new affordable apartment project in Kimball Junction, "Richer Place Apartments."   And finally, Insa Riepen with Recycle Utah gives the lowdown on how you should get rid of unused prescription medications and why flushing them down the toilet isn't an option you should exercise.

Below is more information on the support group Dodi Wilson mentioned:

CONNECT brings together Summit County residents who are concerned about mental health issues facing our community. We are family members, loved ones and friends of people struggling with mental illness. We are mental health service providers in Summit County. And we are people not directly affected by mental illness who recognize the serious challenge facing our community. All of us want to see improved mental health services with greater accessibility in Summit County.


Below is the information Insa Riepen, Recycle Utah, gave regarding pharmaceutical waste disposal options:

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs should never be flushed, rinsed down the sink, or simply thrown in the trash. The chemicals in medications can contaminate our drinking water and disrupt aquatic life.

Old, out-of-date and unusable prescription medicines can be dropped off at the following locations:

Summit County Sheriff’s Office
6300 North Silver Creek Drive (Silver Summit), Park City
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
*Will accept liquids if sealed. Will accept bio-hazards, including syringes, by appointment only.

Kamas Police Department
Kamas City Hall | 170 N Main Street, Kamas
Monday-Thursday, 9 AM – 5 PM
*Will accept liquids if sealed. Will accept bio-hazards, including syringes, by appointment only.

Park City Police Department
2060 Park Avenue, Park City
24/7 drop-off

Redstone Health Center Pharmacy (University of Utah)
1743 W Redstone Center Dr, Park City
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 9 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM to 9 PM

Heber City Police Department
301 South Main, Heber City
Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM – 6 PM (Closed Holidays)

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office
1361 S. Highway 40, Heber City
24/7 drop-off

Pharmaceuticals can also be dropped off at Recycle Utah’s bi-annual household hazardous waste events in May and October at the Canyons parking lot.  The next one is October 8, 2016, from 9a - 1p.