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Drop-Off unwanted prescriptions at a collection site near you on National Take Back Day

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 20th “National Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 24 at numerous locations throughout Orange County.

“This is a great opportunity for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets while helping to safeguard the health and well-being of those they love,” said Dr. Jeffrey Nagel, Ph.D., HCA Deputy Agency Director of Behavioral Health Services. “One of the main sources of drug misuse is prescription pain medication that’s been taken from a friend or family member. Opioid misuse and abuse is a nationwide issue and participating in events like National Take Back Day allows for the safe disposal of these or other prescription medications.”

This initiative, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by reducing the risk of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Medicines that are stored in home cabinets are vulnerable to misuse. In addition, the DEA advises against flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—since both pose potential safety and health hazards.

You can make a difference by properly disposing your unused medication. If the April 24 event is not convenient, there are now DEA approved drop-off locations available year round in some Albertsons, CVS, Vons, and Walgreens, making proper disposal of unwanted medications easy and accessible. Find safe disposal locations near you at www.ochealthinfo.com/adept.

Visit the DEA’s website to find a collection site near you, at www.DEATakeback.com or call 1 (800) 882-9539. Drop-off service is free and anonymous. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County visit www.ochealthinfo.com/adept.

This article was based on information released by the OC Health Care Agency.