Prescription drug drop-off scheduled for Saturday, April 27
Wednesday, April 24 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration is offering the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Walgreens Pharmacy in Susanville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners took in more than two million pounds — over a thousand 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. 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.
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