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CDPH Participates in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 

Date: 4/24/2014 

Number: 14-040 

Contact: Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau (916) 440-7259 

SACRAMENTO 

Consumers who have outdated or unneeded prescription drugs can get rid of them safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 26, 2014.

U
nused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft or misuse. Medications that are disposed of improperly can create a hazard for the environment. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be participating at several collection locations throughout the state, including these sites in the Sacramento area:
  • The California Department of Public Health, 1500 Capitol Ave., Sacramento
  • Sacramento County Public Library’s North Natomas Branch, 4660 Via Ingoglia
  • Laguna Chinese Baptist Church, 9215 Neosho Dr., Elk Grove

Other locations throughout California can be found by visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration website or by calling, toll-free, 800-882-9539. Events throughout the state run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Consumers can anonymously drop-off pills and other solids, such as patches. Liquids and syringes will not be accepted. There is no charge. 

In the past three-and-a-half years consumers have turned in more than 84 tons of unwanted prescription medications through National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events.

Nearly twice as many Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In 2010, prescription medication overdoses killed more Americans than motor vehicle accidents. Most of the abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

 
 
Last modified on: 4/24/2014 2:05 PM