This Saturday, October 27th law enforcement and community health organizations statewide will be participating in the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day of the year.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and a responsible way of disposing prescription drugs. The day also helps teach the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
In April 2018 people nationwide turned in almost one-million pounds of unused medications.
There will be more than 300 locations in California where you can anonymously turn in unused drugs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says it’s the only safe and responsible way to dispose of unused medications.
“Flushing these medications down the toilet can be poisonous to our waterways and needles thrown in the trash can not only injure but might also kill innocent individuals,” stated Becerra.
Becerra says Drug Take Back Day is vital in combating the nation’s opioid epidemic. He says too many times children get hooked on opioid drugs because someone in the household failed to dispose of unused medication.
The Center for Disease Control reports that two-thirds of overdose deaths in 2016 nationwide were caused by prescription medications or opioids.
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