FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2014
POINT OF CONTACT: Lt. Neal Griffin
On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Palomar Health Communities Coalition, the Escondido Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public an opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills and patches. Residents may bring unwanted prescription pills or patches to Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway. Liquids or needles cannot be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
In 2013, over three hundred tons of prescription pills were turned in for destruction at over four thousand sites operated by the DEA, state, and local law enforcement partners. Overall, DEA Take Back events have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of prescription pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Unused prescription pills may lead to accidental poisonings and overdoses; and, persons who abuse prescription drugs, often obtain the drugs from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet. DEA drug take back day is an alternative to flushing unwanted pills down the drain or throwing them in the trash—both of which pose potential safety and health hazards.