Prescription Drug Take Back Day September 29th
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency and collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be three collection sites within the Sheriff's jurisdiction:
Sheriff's Garfield Station 5510 Garfield Avenue Sacramento, CA 95841
Sheriff's Florin Station 7000 65th Street Sacramento, CA 95823
Rancho Cordova Police 2897 Kilgore Road Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.
Collection sites will accept any medicines in capsule and tablet form brought in for disposal. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health and safety issue. This take-back event is an opportunity for residents to help make their homes safer by disposing of their unused and unwanted prescription drugs. For more details, or to find a collection site near you, please visit here.