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Another Place to Dump the Drugs on Saturday

Seal Beach police will take those extra pills off your hands so they don't end up in the wrong hands.

Photo credit: Kyle Stucker
Photo credit: Kyle Stucker
From a Seal Beach press release:

On Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Seal Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to the Seal Beach Police Department at 911 Seal Beach Boulevard, Seal Beach. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April 2013, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 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.

Rossmoor residents may take their surplus medications to Rossmoor Rush Park, 3021 Blume Drive, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. 

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