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Hollister Police Department
Wednesday August 29th, 2012 :: 10:34 a.m. PDT

Hollister Police Department, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office and DEA to Hold Take-Back Drug Initiative in Hollister

HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – August 29, 2012 – On September 29, 2012, the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department and the Hollister Police Department in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a prescription drug disposal event at the local Target store in Hollister.

The local law enforcement agencies along with the DEA will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.

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 and risk the contamination of our water supplies.

The public is encouraged to bring their medications for disposal to the Target parking lot at 1790 Airline Highway in Hollister California on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Hollister Police Department
395 Apollo Way
Hollister, CA 95023

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 831-636-4330

1790 Airline Hwy
Hollister, CA 95023

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