National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
updated: Sep 05, 2012, 12:08 PM
Source: Oxnard Police Department
INCIDENT: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Oxnard Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 29, 2012/ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Oxnard Police Department - 251 South C Street, Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Commander Andrew Salinas, Special Projects
CONTACT PERSON & Sergeant Alex Rangel, Public Information Officer
(805) 385-7631 email@example.com
Oxnard, California - On September 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Oxnard Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another
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
Oxnard Police Department located at 251 South C Street. The service is free and anonymous, no
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161-276 tons-of prescription drugs at nearly 5,600 sites
operated by the DEA and more than 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. The Oxnard
Police Department collected over 1000 pounds during this past collection.
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.
Four days after the first Take-Back event in September 2010, Congress passed the Secure and
Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow
an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to
entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney
General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances
in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process
that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement
agencies like the Oxnard Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug
Take-Back events every few months.
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