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Posted on: April 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Citrus Heights, California – On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Citrus Heights Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Citrus Heights Police Department located at 6315 Fountain
Square Drive, Citrus Heights, California 95621. (We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. We will accept pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Citrus Heights Police Department has been participating in this program for several years. Last year, Americans across the country turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in
home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back
Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

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