On October 28, 2017, from 10 AM to 2 PM – law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County will be assisting in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
At designated locations, area residents can turn over their unused or unwanted prescription medications for proper disposal. Across the United States, almost 5500 take-back sites will be open to the public – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
California and Prescription Drug Abuse
The non-medical use of prescription medications such as opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, and barbiturate sleeping pills is a serious problem in California.
- Drug overdoses are California’s #1 cause of premature death.
- In 2016, an estimated 175 Americans died every day due to drug overdoses.
- In 2015, there were nearly 150,000 substance abuse treatment admissions in California.
Faced with such a threat, the Drug Enforcement Agency launched a program to aid US residents in the safe disposal of their expired or excess prescriptions.
The Importance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the removal of unused prescription drugs from homes is one of the top strategies aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.
Among Americans age 14 and older, over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs are the third-most-commonly-abused substances, trailing only alcohol and marijuana. Of special relevance, the majority of prescription abusers don’t get their drugs from a dealer – they get them from a relative or friend.
Does Prescription Drug Take-Back Day REALLY Make a Difference?
The most recent take-back day was April 29, 2017. In just 4 hours, 900,386 pounds of prescription drugs were collected – 450 tons! This was an all-time high. Since 2010, 8,103,363 pounds have been turned in at take-back events.
Click HERE for a listing of all the participating take-back sites in San Diego County.
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