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Montebello Police Department
Wednesday April 17th, 2019 :: 05:28 p.m. PDT

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National Drug Take Back Day - April 27th, 10am - 2pm, Montebello City Park

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Montebello Police Department along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will 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 Montebello City Park at 1300 West Whittier Blvd. A booth will be setup next to the Senior Center in the parking lot. Sites cannot accept liquids or 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.
 
Thank you to the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the DEA for help making this event possible.
 
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Let us know you will be stopping by: https://www.facebook.com/events/433346650543105/
 

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Montebello Police Department
1600 W Beverly Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640

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