Antioch Prescription Drug Take-Back made permanent

On Saturday, September 29, from 10 am to 2 pm, Law Enforcement agencies and other institutions all over the U.S. will conduct a prescription drug take-back, to allow the public an opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft and safely dispose of dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Antioch police have gone one step further, and are installing a permanent repository for prescription drugs, and will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday in conjunction with the nationwide take back program.

Drug take back systems address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines languishing in home cabinets are very susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Also, the common ways people dispose of their prescription drugs, in the toilet or trash, pose safety concerns and public health hazards.

The Antioch Medicine Collection Unit will allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted drugs on an ongoing basis, rather than just on an event day. The unit will be available Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Antioch Police Station, at 300 L Street.

“I can’t stress enough  how important it is, especially for parents, to lock up their medications and dispose of  those they no longer need as a matter of habit”, said April Rovero, Founder/CEO of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA)”.  “Parents can unwittingly become their child’s drug supplier, with devastating consequences”, she added.
The Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back day is being held for the fourth year in a row, and has taken in over one million pounds of drugs nationally at almost 10,000 locations.

California will have events all over the state the same day. To locate a location near you just check the DEA website.

Read More: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Antioch Prescription Drug Take-Back made permanent was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by admin
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Ken Kiunke

Ken Kiunke is a northern California writer covering Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Sacramento Counties.