Elk Grove PD, DEA taking back unwanted meds April 30

On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Elk Grove Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give members of the ...

On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Elk Grove Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give members of the community an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Elk Grove Police Department at 8380 Laguna Palms Way. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

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.

Local law enforcement agencies like the Elk Grove Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.


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