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Agencies to dispose of unwanted, unused drugs without questions

 

Last updated 10/27/2018 at 9:51am



RIVERSIDE - Riverside County residents who want to get rid of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can discard them at multiple locations today during a National Drug Take-Back.

The effort, organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies, is intended to highlight the importance of taking commonly abused drugs out of circulation.

"This initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue,'' according to a DEA statement. "Take-Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.''

The DEA began holding take-backs eight years ago to provide the public with alternatives to flushing expired or unwanted pills down a toilet.

According to the agency, since its first take-back event, 9.9 million pounds -- more than 4,900 tons -- of prescription and non-prescription drugs have been collected at thousands of disposal sites throughout the country.

The agency noted that provisions in the federal Secure & Responsible Drug Disposal Act also authorize pharmacies, hospitals and other facilities to serve as collection sites year-round.

County residents are invited to drop off unwanted pills at the following sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

-- Corona Police Department, parking lot, 730 Public Safety Way;

-- Indio Police Department, 46-800 Jackson St.;

-- Murrieta Police Department, 2 Town Square;

-- Palm Springs Police Department, 200 S. Civic Drive; and

-- Kaiser Medical Center parking lot, 10800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside;

No questions will be asked of people disposing of medications or other ingestible products, organizers said.

The fall take-back events generally have fewer participating agencies than the take-backs that occur each April. More information is available here: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .

 

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