Free Prescription Drug Drop Off Event, Oct. 26

Police BadgeThe West Sacramento Police Department (WSPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are setting up a medication and prescription drug drop-off point on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the WSPD, 550 Jefferson Blvd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

It’s an opportunity for the public to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 724.000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 DEA and law enforcement locations.

This collection program addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are potentially susceptible to 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 drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including drugs taken from home medicine cabinets.

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–can pose safety and health hazards.

Residents may also safely dispose of medications, with the exception of controlled substances, at the Jefferson Pharmacy, 1029 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento, Mondays thru Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Please call (916) 371-2022 for more information.

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