On Saturday, April 28, 2018, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. During this nation-wide prescription pill take-back day, we will provide the following drop-off location:
Public Safety Center: 5770 Freeport Boulevard, Suite 100 Sacramento, Ca. 95822
Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (over 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and law enforcement partners. Overall, in 13 previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds, more than 4,500 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 by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash are not recommended. Both of those options pose potential health and safety hazards.