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Montclair Police Department
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 :: 09:37 a.m. PDT

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Montclair PD partners with DEA for prescription drug take back event on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Montclair Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Montclair Police Department at 4870 Arrow Highway, Montclair CA 91763. Contact Department personnel in the lobby and you will be directed to the drop-off location (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27th National Take Back event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com. Any questions regarding the event at the Montclair Police Department can be answered by calling the Police Department at (909) 448-3600.

Address/Location
Montclair Police Department
4870 Arrow Highway
Montclair, CA 91763

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-448-3600

Lieutenant Jim Michel
Police
jmichel@cityofmontclair.org
909-448-3606

4870 Arrow Hwy
Montclair, CA 91763

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