- Wednesday March 14th, 2012 :: 03:23 p.m. PDT
Burbank Police Assisting The Drug Enforcement Agency With Drug Take Back Program
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Burbank Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide the public with an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
The public will be able to drop off their expired, unused, and unwanted pills at the Burbank Police station, in the rear parking lot, free of charge, and no questions asked. By doing so, they will be helping prevent drug abuse and theft.
Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.
Prescription drugs that languish in the home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, creating a public health crisis. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. today is at an alarmingly high level – two-and-a-half times more people currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined, according to the recently released 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking the “Got Drugs?” banner, which links to a database where they can enter their zip code.
The Burbank Police station will have a collection container available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, 2012, in the parking lot to the rear of the station.
Burbank Police Department, California
200 North Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502
200 N 3rd St
Burbank, CA 91502