Letters: Disposal of medicine in-home is safe

“S.F. is creating safe options for medicine disposal,” Opinion, Feb. 25

Disposal of medicine in-home is safe

The latest drug take-back proposal for San Francisco is a well-meaning misstep and ignores some important facts, like the following:

n In-home disposal is a perfectly fine way to dispose of your medicine, according to the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, all of which cite in-home disposal as a safe option for consumers.

n Of the trace amounts of medicine in the water supply, 99 percent of them are there due to us using medicine and peeing it out, according to the World Health Organization, the EPA and others.

n According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the EPA and the FDA, the amounts of pharmaceuticals in the environment are parts per trillion and pose no threat to human health.

Manufacturers of medicine want to do what's right by San Francisco, as thousands of employees live and work right here in the Bay Area. We have long been good corporate citizens, and want to do our part to take care of consumers and the environment while keeping health care costs down.

Instead of building a take-back program that will make everyone's health care costs go up, let's work together to educate consumers on making sure they get rid of their unwanted medicine quickly — by disposing of it from their house, where it's easy, free and fast.

Scott Melville

President and CEO

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

➤ “Let's end xenophobia over S.F. natives,” The City, Feb. 24

Adjusting to a changing city

I have been here since 1968, I am 46 years old, born and raised in Noe Valley. I welcome new people because they don't know any better and I am open to new changes. The only thing that is very disturbing are the Google buses that run in front of schools in the middle of the morning drop-off, tying up traffic with our Muni buses.

San Francisco as I remember has grown in a positive manner, but then again, it's overcrowded and not enjoyable. Parking, food, gas, rent and every cost of living is up. Even though we are a city, it's still home. I have adjusted my life to my shopping and extracurricular things. We leave for holidays and leave The City for shopping and whatnot. It's a shame I don't enjoy downtown anymore.

Yvette Carrillo

San Francisco

➤ “Immigrant services are being expanded,” The City, Feb. 26

Safety being compromised

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's plan to help undocumented criminal inmates obtain special visas to stay in the country evokes haunting, painful memories of the Bologna family tragedy facilitated by the same type of co-dependency. Is it really desirable to keep in this country people who commit crimes that land them in jail regularly? Mirkarimi, still on probation himself, appears indifferent to the fates of San Franciscans as far as our community safety is concerned. Only in a few places like San Francisco can such lack of mindfulness reign.

Peter Vaernet

San Francisco

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