Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marin County Sheriff’s Office
and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity
in six years 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 either the
Marinwood Fire Station (775 Miller Creek Rd., San Rafael) or the Marin City
Public Safety Building (850 Drake Ave., Marin City). The service is free and anonymous,
no questions asked.
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.
For more information about the
disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take Back Day event, go
to the DEA
Diversion website or www. Marinsheriff.org.