Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and additional law enforcement agencies will participate in a nationwide prescription drug “Take Back” day on Saturday, April 26. The drug take back event will take place at all SF police district stations.

The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No questions will be asked during the drop-off and collection containers will be on hand for prescription pills that are expired, unused or unwanted. Plastic bags will also be on hand at each location if needed. The police department notes, “WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING INTRA-VENOUS SOLUTIONS, NEEDLES, INHALERS OR PATCH STYLE MEDICATIONS. ILLICIT SUBSTANCES SUCH AS METHAMPHETAMINE, MARIJUANA, ETC ARE NOT PART OF THIS INITIATIVE.”

In October 2013, more than 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription pills from almost 4,000 locations were turned in by Americans. The DEA and its partners have collected over 3.4 million pounds of pills in the past seven previous Take Back events.

By Staff