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County Hosting Prescription Drug 'Take-Back' Event - Click Here For Locations

September 22, 2010

Placer County Environmental Engineering and the county’s Health and Human Services Department will participate in a countywide prescription drug “take-back” event on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Sponsored by the Coalition for Placer Youth, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any prescription or over-the-counter medications can be turned in at 12 locations across Placer County.

The event is part of a national effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft by collecting expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Equally important is keeping these medications from being disposed of into the sewer system. The prescription take-back event is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

The event is being staged in conjunction with Environmental Engineering, Health and Human Services, local law enforcement agencies 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 drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.

“Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health,” said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske.

DEA studies show that every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time and 63% of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends’ and family medicine cabinets. This take-back event provides a safe, confidential way to get rid of unneeded prescriptions drugs and help cut back on the amount of prescription drugs 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 prescriptions 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. names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates) unreadable for privacy reasons.

To get additional information, please click on the following link: Prescription Take-Back

Drop-off locations in Placer County:

Woodcreek High School
2551 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95747

Oakmont High School
1710 Cirby Way
Roseville, CA 95661   

Roseville High School
1 Tiger Way
Roseville, CA 95678

Granite Bay High School
1 Grizzley Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746

Colfax Sheriff Sub-Station
33 N. Main St.
Colfax, CA 95713

S. Placer Sheriff Sub-Station
6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd.
Loomis, CA 95650

Antelope High School
7801 Titan Drive
Antelope, CA 95843

Sierra College
Parking Lot D Rocklin Rd. side
5000 Rocklin Rd
Rocklin, CA 95677

Whitney High School
701 Wildcat Boulevard,
Rocklin, CA‎ 95765

Auburn City Hall
1255 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 956903

Lincoln Police Dept.
770 7th Street
Lincoln, CA 95648

Kings Beach Clinic
Front parking lot
8650 Salmon St.
Kings Beach, CA 96143