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San Jose PD Is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs
Filed under Press Release, on 10/18/2016 12:55:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

San Jose PD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 22nd at 4 Locations Throughout the City

San Jose, CA – On Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the San Jose Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to:

  • Willow Glen Community Center - 2175 Lincoln Ave. (Room 7) in San Jose
  • Camden Community Center - 3369 Union Ave. in San Jose
  • Seven Trees Community Center - 3590 Cas Dr. in San Jose
  • Evergreen Community Center - 4860 San Felipe Rd. in San Jose

Note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps - only pills or patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked! 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds - about 3,200 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 22nd Take Back Day event, visit DEA Diversion website or contact San Jose PD Sgt. Dave Wilson at  


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