Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau (916) 440-7259
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.
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