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Tracy PD Invites Public to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
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Tracy PD Invites Public to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Tracy PD Invites Public to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
Drug Take-Back Event Scheduled for September 26, 2015

Tracy, Calif. – On Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Tracy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by freeing their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Tracy Police Department representatives at 324 East 11th Street in the north parking lot of City Hall. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.

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.

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that will implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. It amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) 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.

Contact:
Lieutenant Kami Ysit
(209) 831-6515
Kami.Ysit@TracyPD.com

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