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Pursuant to Cal Govt. Code Sect 6254(f)
San Jose Police Department
Media Relations Unit
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San Jose Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Oct. 28 at several locations
Filed under Press Release, on 10/12/2017 11:33:00 AM by Author: Webmaster.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



CONTACT: Inquiries can be made to the DEA at 1-800-882-9539


The 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the San Jose Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and otc drugs.  

Bring your pills for disposal to the above listed sites  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

WILLOW GLEN COMMUNITY CENTER 2175 LINCOLN AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95125 Map
CAMDEN COMMUNITY CENTER 3369 UNION AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95124 Map
SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER 3590 CAS DRIVE SAN JOSE CA, 95111 Map
ALMADEN COMMUNITY CENTER 6445 CAMDEN AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95120 Map
EVERGREEN COMMUNITY CENTER 4860 SAN FELIPE RD SAN JOSE CA, 95135 Map
MAYFAIR COMMUNITY CENTER 2039 KAMMERER AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95116 Map
CALABAZAS LIBRARY 1230 S. BLANEY AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95116 Map
BASCOM COMMUNITY CENTER 1000 S. BASCOM AVE SAN JOSE CA, 95128 Map

You may also visit the DEA website to search for additional locations.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 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. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website


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