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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday September 25th, 2013 :: 09:17 a.m. PDT


Drop the Drugs Day


Contact: Deputy Scott Kirkman; Sgt. Chris Hewitt
Release Date: 09/25/13
Release Number: 1

(San Andreas, CA) Calaveras County citizens can prevent prescription and other drug misuse and abuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs on October 26th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations in the county. A “Drop the Drugs” event is being presented by Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office and Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

This is the third year in which the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including Calaveras County have hosted prescription drug take-back days in Spring and Fall. Drug disposal and misuse is a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused and unwanted in home cabinets pose a serious health risk. 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. Returning unused drugs to law enforcement agencies for destruction is the most environmentally appropriate method of disposal. The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose both safety and health hazards.

“Drop the Drugs” sites are located:
1. Feeney Park parking lot (Murphys)
2. Calaveras County Office of Education (Angels Camp)
3. Toyon Middle School parking lot (San Andreas)

For more information regarding “Drop the Drugs” day on October 26th, the public may contact Deputy Scott Kirkman at (209)754-6384. For more information about the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention contact Michael Magana at (209)754-6019.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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