Public Health Matters - Proper Disposal of Expired Hand Sanitizer; Recall/Outbreak Information, Resources

Description: Public Health Matters - Friday, March 24, 2023...

Published: 03/24/2023
Byline: SECO News


Proper Disposal of Expired Hand Sanitizer; Recall/Outbreak Information; Mental/Behavioral Health Resources; Emergency Preparedness Resources

The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Friday 3/24/2023 at 3:17 pm


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1.      Proper Disposal of Expired Hand Sanitizer:  We have received questions about how to properly dispose of expired hand sanitizer.  We checked with the Otero County Landfill, and an acceptable way to dispose of your expired hand sanitizer is to turn it into a solid.  You can do this by simply mixing it with a lumping cat litter, or even plain dirt.  Then it can be appropriately disposed of in our landfill. 

2.      Recall/Outbreak Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have websites dedicated to recall and outbreak information.  You can find that important information below: 

a.       Food                                                             i.      CDC:  List of Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Notices | CDC

                                                              ii.      FDA:  Public Health Advisories from Investigations of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks | FDA

b.      Drugs, Animal Health, Biologics, Medical Devices, Cosmetics

                                                                i.      FDA:  Additional Information about Recalls | FDA

3.      Mental/Behavioral Health Resources

a.       988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Number:  This simple 3 digit phone number 988 will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress along with prevention and crisis resources.  Please help SPREAD THE WORD (or NUMBER in this case).  You can read more about 988 here:  Lifeline (

b.      Veterans’ Crisis Line:  Home (

c.       The Coffee Break Project:  Mental Health Resources for Agriculture | The Coffee Break Project | Rocky Ford

4.      Emergency Preparedness Resources

a.  Plan Ahead for Disasters |

b.      Crowley County Code Red Emergency Notification System:  Community Notification Enrollment (

c.       Otero County Code Red Emergency Notification System:  Community Notification Enrollment (

Richard Ritter, Executive Director

Otero County Health Department

13 West 3rd Street, Room 111

La Junta, Colorado 81050

719-383-3045 (Office)

719-383-3060 (Fax)

Health Department | Otero County (

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