Medication Take-Back Day
Multiple agencies taking back unwated prescription drugs Oct. 28
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.
Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Rd.
Lincoln Police Dept.
770 7th St.
10 Culver St.
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.