San Rafael Police Officers contacted a woman today at approximately 12:30PM in the 300 block of Canal Street after receiving a neighborhood complaint that she was selling a variety of items from the back of her car. The woman was found in her Gray 2003 Honda Odyssey van and found her to be in possession of several controlled prescription medicines and syringes.
Some of the medicines were expired. Expiration dates of some medicines were tampered or obliterated while many others were within their useful shelf life.
It appears that all of these medicines were purchased legally in Guatemala and other Central American countries.
SRPD contacted the Jason Eberhart-Phillips, MD, MPH, the Marin County Public Health Officer for advice on how best to respond to our community to notify them of any potential risk to users of these drugs purchased from non-health care providers.
“Antibiotics purchased on the street are potentially very dangerous and should never be used,” said Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Marin County public health officer. “In this country the only way to purchase antibiotics safely is with a prescription from a licensed physician, and the only safe place to buy these medicines is from a licensed pharmacist.”
“Using these medicines puts you at risk of serious illness, even death, because no one can vouch for their safety. Even if these drugs won’t hurt you, it is likely that they will not work. They may even make it harder for you to get well later with proper medicine,” he added.
“If anyone offers to sell you antibiotics on the street, don’t do it.”
San Rafael Fire Department representatives will accept the any of the medicines sold on the street at any of their firehouses located in the city and will dispose of them properly. Consumers of these products are asked not to throw them in the garbage or dispose of them in the toilet or drains as they could be toxic to our landfills and our bay.
SRPD also contacted the local California Poison Control System at 1800 222-1222. They added that some of the antibiotics seized by San Rafael Police if not properly stored and out of date could be toxic to the kidneys if they are used.
San Rafael Police is reaching out to our local neighborhood groups in conjunction with efforts from the County Health Department to inform our community to not use these products. Some health care treatment or medicines may be available from the County Community Clinic located at 3110 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael CA or County Clinic Campus located at 3260 Kerner Blvd. Suite ‘A’ or San Rafael CA. Appointments can be made by telephone (415) 448-1500.
Rosa Yaneth Aguilar Tzampop 25, of Oakland was arrested for the following charges:
- 11352.1(a) Health and Safety: Dispending or furnishing medicine without a license
- 4140 Business and Professions: Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, both misdemeanors.