Medication Take-Back Day
Multiple agencies taking back unwated prescription drugs Oct. 28

Event

Medication Take-Back Day, Oct. 28, 2017 in Placer County (graphic)

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Rocklin Police Department and multiple agencies across western Placer County will help the public prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The public is encouraged to bring pills for disposal to the sites listed below, including the Rocklin Police Department at 4080 Rocklin Road. (Liquids, needles, sharps or illegal drugs will not be accepted)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Rocklin
Rocklin Police Department
4080 Rocklin Road

Rocklin Fire Station #3
2001 Wildcat Blvd.

Roseville
Maidu Community Center
Korean War Memorial
1550 Maidu Drive

Roseville High School
1 Tiger Way

Sun City – Roseville
7050 Del Web Blvd.

Loomis
Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Rd.

Lincoln
Lincoln Police Dept.
770 7th St.

Auburn
City Hall
1225 Lincoln Way

Justice Center, DeWitt
2929 Richardson Dr.

Colfax
PCSO Substation
10 Culver St.

Granite Bay
Granite Bay High School
1 Grizzly Way

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 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 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.