Medication Take-Back Day
Multiple agencies taking back unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 27
On Saturday, October 27, 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
“Events like this help remove potentially dangerous prescriptions drugs from the community,” said Christina Ivazes, substance abuse prevention coordinator with the Placer County Children’s System of Care. “We’ve collected more than 55,000 pounds of medications at take-back events since 2010, and last spring saw our highest numbers ever. This commitment to community wellness and our youth is what makes Placer County great.”
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.