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San Leandro Police Department
Thursday October 17th, 2013 :: 02:58 p.m. PDT

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SLPD to offer prescription drug disposal drop off on 10/26/13 at Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church

On October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the San Leandro Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will be at the health fair, hosted by the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church located at 1395 Bancroft Ave. San Leandro Police, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public an opportunity to assist in preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Community members are encouraged to bring their expired, unused, and unwanted medications for disposal to the San Leandro Police Department’s Crime Prevention booth. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April 2012, Americans across the nation turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 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.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

For additional information, please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov, or contact San Leandro Police Community Service Officer Jennifer Crosby at jcrosby@sanleandro.org.

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San Leandro, CA 94577

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