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Discard unnecessary medication safely

Discard unnecessary medication safely

October 17th, 2018 in Local News

The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 at the California Police Department.

The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed 6.2 million Americans abuse controlled prescription drugs, according to the DEA website. A majority of the prescribed drugs came from family and friends and, more often than not, from the home medicine cabinet.

For this reason, the DEA's Take Back Day offers residents a safe place to dispose of their unused, or expired, medications, in hopes of fighting against drug addiction and preventing overdose deaths.

This year, a secure box will be placed at the California Police Department, where residents may dispose of their medication safely. The DEA will not accept needles, sharps or liquids. The locked box will be available for all 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27.