County to hold 5 prescription drug take back events on Saturday

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County to hold 5 prescription drug take back events on Saturday
One of the prescription drug take back events in Contra Costa County this Saturday will take place at the West County Detention Center.

In honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff an Drug Enforcement Administration plan to hold a take back event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff 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.

There will be several drop-off locations throughout Contra Costa County: at the Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway (West County Detention Facility); at the Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez (Field Operations Building); at the Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way; at the Lafayette Police Department, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd.; and at the Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way.

Bring your unused or expired pills for disposal. The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps, only pills, patches, and liquids sealed in their original container. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“Medicines that languish at home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” county officials said. “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.”

For more information, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

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