San Rafael, CA – April 17, 2012. On Saturday April 28th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the San Rafael Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a prescription drug disposal event. This is a great opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs. During the four hour period the public may bring their medications for disposal to the lobby of San Rafael’s City Hall at 1400 Fifth Avenue. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This take back event 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.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.
“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “DEA remains hard at work to establish a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”
For more information, please visit www.dea.gov.