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Hollister police to host drug take-back event

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

On Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hollister Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 19th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to 1790 Airline Hwy (Parking Lot). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 441 tons (more than 882,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,174 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,896 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 18 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 12.6 million pounds—approximately 6,349 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 United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

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