Saturday: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM, local law enforcement agencies will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal at the following sites. The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps, only pills, patches, and liquids sealed in their original container. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


East County:

  • Antioch Police Department, 300 L Street
  • Brentwood Police Department,  9100 Brentwood Blvd
  • Oakley Police Department, 3231 Main Street
  • Pittsburg police Department, 65 Civic Ave.

Contra Costa County:

  • Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez, CA. (Field Operations Building)
  • Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA. (West County Detention Facility)
  • Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA.
  • Lafayette Police Department, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.
  • Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish at home 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 Take Back event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at: .


  1. It makes a lot of sense. Too many people won’t get around to turning them in unless they’re reminded. This is a reminder. It reminds of advertising as a kid. I didn’t get why they had beer, potato chips, etc. commercials when you already know they’re sold at the store. Advertisers are reminded you to GO BUY.

  2. Understood…but this type of advertising is misleading in the sense that it sounds like it’s the only day to do this.

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