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Costa Mesa Police Department
Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 :: 11:36 a.m. PDT


National Prescription Drug Take-back Event is this Saturday, September 26th

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm, the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially-dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Costa Mesa Police Department, 99 Fair Dr. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its nine previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in more that 2,400 tons (over 4.8 million pounds) of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and 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 their 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, pose potential safety and health hazards.

For additional information regarding this event, please visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website at .

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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