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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
updated: Apr 09, 2014, 12:48 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Santa Barbara Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to hold another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

This is an opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Studies show that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends for free, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many citizens simply do not know how to properly dispose of their unused or expired medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away. These methods can pose both safety and environmental hazards.

In the seven previous Take-Back events the DEA, in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, collected more than 3.4 million pounds (1,700 tons) of prescription medications and removed them from circulation. During the last event in Santa Barbara 5 garbage bags full of prescription medications were collected in four hours.

The collection location in the City of Santa Barbara will be at the Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street. Beat Coordinator Officer Jonathan Reyes will be there and will have collection boxes setup for this free service. Everyone is invited to stop by, to chat with Officer Reyes, to tour the SBPD Community Policing Office, and to deposit unwanted medications for safe destruction.

 

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