Medication Take-Back Day is April 30; three Roseville drop-off locations

The Coalition for Placer Youth, with the participation of the City of Roseville, is organizing a county-wide medication "take-back" event on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is part of a national effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft by collecting expired, unused, and unwanted medications. Equally important is keeping these medications from being flushed down the toilet. Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications can be turned in at 12 locations across Placer County.

The medication take-back event is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. It is being staged in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, local school districts, wastewater and solid waste agencies, Placer County Health and Human Services and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. A majority of abused prescription medications are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

DEA studies show that every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription medications to get high for the first time and 63% of teens believe that prescription medications are easy to get from friends' and family’s medicine cabinet. This take-back event provides a safe, confidential way to get rid of unneeded prescription medications and helps cut back on the amount of prescription medications available to those who may abuse them.

In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Bringing medications to one of the local take-back locations ensures that they will be disposed of properly.

Participants are asked to remove labels from the bottles, or to make any personal information (i.e. name, address, phone number, birth date) unreadable for privacy reasons. Additionally, sharps (needles and lancets) and aerosol medications will not be accepted at the drop-off locations.

 For additional questions regarding this event, please contact Anne Staines at (916) 359-8316 or Kathie Sinor at (916) 786-8676 extension 5829.

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