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DEA Hosting National Take Back Day

by ECT

Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! From 10 a.m, to 2 p.m. today, DEA and its partners will be at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide offering free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications.

For more than a decade, Take Back Day has helped Americans easily get rid off unneeded medications that too often become a gateway to addition. Use our location finder to find a Take Back Day collection site near you and join our nationwide effort to prevent medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

Local Agencies:

  • Antioch Police Department
  • Brentwood Police Department
  • Concord Police Department
  • Contra Costa Couty Sheriffs Office
    • Blackhawk Station
    • Valley Station
  • Danville Police Department
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Orinda Police Department
  • Pittsburg Police Department

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will also continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

Results: April 2021 20th National Take Back

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,425
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,060
  • Total Weight Collected:  839,543 lbs. (420 Tons)

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75 percent of all overdose deaths in 2020.

For more information: https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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