Prescription drug drop-off slated Saturday at Centerville Farmer’s Market

From Fremont police:

The Fremont Police Department is taking back unwanted prescriptions drugs Saturday at Centerville Farmer’s Market

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Fremont Police Department, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity 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 Fremont Centerville Farmers’ Market located at Bonde Ave/Fremont Blvd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. In Fremont, we collected more than 600 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs, making it our largest event to date.

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.

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Chris DeBenedetti


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