NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK
OCTOBER 29, 2011
Turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
WHERE: LAKE ELSINORE SHERIFF'S STATION
333 LIMITED AVENUE
WHEN 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
For more locations or information visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website.
On October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Murrieta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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 U.S. 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.
- Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.