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Murrieta Police Department to host drug take back event with Drug Enforcement Administration

 

Last updated 10/28/2017 at Noon



link MURRIETA – The Murrieta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The community can bring medications for disposal, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, in the front lobby of the Murrieta Police Department, located at 2 Town Square in Murrieta. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

linklink Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons or over 900,386 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous take back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds – about 4,052 tons – of prescription drugs.

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.

Any questions about the event should be directed to Murrieta Police Department Lt. Ron Driscoll at (951) 461-6377.

 

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