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City organizes event for proper medical waste

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The city of Playa del Carmen has created an organized event to see all old medication and hospital waste properly disposed of.

On May 18, city officials will hold Medicaton at Juilo 28 Plaza from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. where people can drop off outdated or unwanted medical waste including medication. Organizers of Medicaton include Federal Center for Protectin against Health Risks (Cofepris) and the Environment Directorate.

Cofepris coordanitor Julio Mendoza Alvarez said “What we want to prevent is these drugs reaching the public garbage dumps so that people who work there will not puncture themselves with a used needle or wanting to use outdated medications.”

He notes that in other regions, cases have been reported of expired disposed of medication falling into the hands of the wrong people.

While the collection is aimed mostly toward medical professionals, he says that the general public is also welcome to drop off old medication.

“The collection is free and those who bring medication will be given a receipt. All the collected medication will be taken to Cancun where they will be disposed of properly,” he explained. He added that they are hoping to hold the event twice a year because it is important for public health.

The event comes on the heels of a recent cenote water study that found numerous elements, including household medication, in the water.

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