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Benicia Police Department
Friday October 14th, 2011 :: 01:36 p.m. PDT



On October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Benicia Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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. Citizens can bring their medications for disposal to the Benicia Police Department's front lobby at 200 East L Street and a department representative will assist. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. This will be the second time the Benicia Police Department has offered this service.

Last April, seventy (70) Benicia and Vallejo residents took advantage of the Benicia Police Department's prescription medication take back program, turning in 152 pounds of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs. Forty-two (42) of the 70 were Benicia residents. "Our first venture into offering this service to the public was well received," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said.

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.

In September of 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Benicia Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

"This is yet another service the department provides to this community," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "As studies have shown, family and friends unknowingly provide prescription medications to minors who steal them to either use or sell. The police department has seen this happen in our community. This proactive program provides those with unused prescription medications a safe and legal way to dispose of them. We want as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity."

For further information on this press release, contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via e-mail. NOTE: This press release will be sent out again on October 26th as a reminder and reposted on Nixle.


Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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